The Brazil forward shed some light on the Nottingham Forest defeat in Arsenal’s dismal third FA Cup defeat at the City Ground
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The Brazilian has slowly re-integrated into the main squad in north London this season after a serious knee injury has affected the 20-year-old for most of the time.
He found form at the perfect time when Martinelli started to really affect the games from the feeling of attack while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was exiled from the side.
The Arsenal Brazilian winger has seen his best form in the league, while the Gunners have now been knocked out of both cup competitions.
The FA Cup The elimination is more disturbing when it comes at home to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on an evening that saw Martinelli barely start.
It was somewhat of a surprise, though, when Martinelli identified his opponent in that match as his toughest opponent to date.
Talking to the AthleticThe former Ituano striker was asked for his toughest test to date, he said: “Actually from Nottingham Forest, Djed Spence, whom I faced in the FA Cup.
“He’s very strong, he’s good at dribbling, he’s calm and quick. I was surprised; he’s a really good player.”
In response to Spence’s performance against Arsenal, the club’s legend Ian Wright claimed Ian Wright that he had not witnessed “such a mixed, technical and slick performance in a while. very long time.”
The Gunners are said to have watched Spence since that game, with the right-back impressing in the next round.
Forest welcomes another Premier League opponent to City’s pitch in Leicester City just make their job even lighter than Arsenal.
Steve Cooper’s side rebelled against the Foxes and won 4-1, with Spence’s fourth goal of the game.
There is currently a fierce controversy over Spence’s international prospects as the defender is eligible to play for both England and Jamaica.
If he supports the Three Lions, he has every chance of being selected for the upcoming Under-21 Euro qualifying matches against Andorra and Albania.
If Arsenal want to secure Spence’s signature in the summer, they will have to fend off interest from north London rivals. Tottenham who are also interested.