Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas took his official Twitter account to praise Gabriel Martinelli for producing a “really difficult” finish in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at Emirates stadium.
The Brazilian star came off the bench and netted Arsenal’s second goal in the 66th minute – just two minutes after coming on – to put the game to bed.
Martinelli, 20, expertly volleyed home Takehiro Tomiyasu’s clipped pass into the bottom-left corner on just his sixth Premier League appearance of the season.
Following a goalless first half, Arsenal took the lead through Bukayo Saka’s close-range finish after the Englishman was found by Nuno Tavares in the box following some intricate passing from the Gunners.
Former Arsenal captain Fabregas was watching the game on TV and was quick to praise Martinelli following his superb goal against the Magpies.
Posting on Twitter as soon as Martinelli’s goal went in, Fabregas wrote: ‘What a goal. Really difficult finish .’
The goal was Martinelli’s first of the season. The Brazilian has only started two of Arsenal’s 13 games in the Premier League so far this term, notching up nine appearances in all competitions for Mikel Arteta’s men.