Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli has revealed how he was treated by former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he first arrived at the Emirates.
He said the feeling ‘will stay with him forever’ after the Brazilian moved to north London in 2019.
Aubameyang and Martinelli were teammates at Arsenal before the Gabon international was sanctioned for a disciplinary breach.
The African star was stripped of the captaincy and eventually left the club by mutual consent after Arsenal pushed him out.
He joined Barcelona in February, where he spent just six months before returning to England this summer by joining Chelsea.
When Martinelli joined Arsenal from Brazil, he couldn’t communicate in English, meaning the majority of the club couldn’t speak to him.
“I would think ‘imagine if someone sat next to me and talked to me, what would I say? he told The Players’ Tribune
According to the Brazilian winger, he wanted to say something but was embarrassed because even when his new teammates spoke to him, he couldn’t answer them.
“I sat down to eat and then Oppa arrived, and I thought ‘Now what?’ ” he added.
Then he sat down next to me and started speaking to me in Spanish. Good man, I think at that moment… I was so nervous.
“Like for him it was a normal thing, he might not remember this but for me, oppa coming to talk to you, and sitting at the table with you, was something that would stay with me forever.”
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