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Kevin Campbell compares Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli to Brazil legend Ronaldo

Campbell is a big fan of the youngster (Picture: Getty Images)

Kevin Campbell says Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli’s direct playing style reminds him of Brazil legend Ronaldo.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a brilliant debut season for the Gunners as he scored 10 goals in 26 appearances.

One of the highlights was a spectacular solo effort against Chelsea back in January which was voted Arsenal’s goal of the season

Ronaldo is a two-time World Cup winner (Picture: Getty Images)

A serious knee injury suffered in June halted the Brazilian’s stellar progress and is set to keep him out of action until the end of the year.

And Gunners hero Campbell is a huge admirer of Martinelli and admitted he shares similar traits with two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo, who scored 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil.

‘I think Martinelli is the one, I really do,’ Campbell told Football Insider

‘Martinelli was sensational when he came in last season.

‘He is a real handful – strong, direct and reminds me of the Brazilian Ronaldo. The way that he picks up the ball and runs at goal is phenomenal.

‘I am not saying that he is Ronaldo but he reminds me of him, especially with that goal he scored at Chelsea.’

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‘Big future but I do not want to put too much pressure on him because he suffered that injury and he needs time to come back and get his feet under the table again, get comfortable and play games.

‘Players tend to get long-term injuries and then come back and pick a niggle up somewhere else. He will need time to get back into the swing of things.’

Ronaldo’s former Brazil team-mate, Ronaldinho, also made a similar comparison to Campbell back in January.

‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future,’ Ronaldinho told The Mirror.

‘It is one thing to have the talent, but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence.

‘He reminds me of Ronaldo. In his first season in Europe, he scored 30 goals and people were thinking, ‘Who is this 18-year-old Brazilian kid?’

‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli. He just wants to be on the ball and score goals.’


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