Thiago Silva praises 2 Arsenal players for their quality this season

LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on October 09, 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Playing for Chelsea, Thiago Silva has obviously had the chance to get a first-hand look at Brazilian teammates Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus during his club campaign so far.

As a Chelsea player, Silva likely hasn’t always enjoyed watching his compatriots shining for Arsenal. Martinelli and Jesus have been starters all season as the Gunners have shot to the top of the Premier League, with plenty of goals between them.

But now that he’s on international duty with Brazil, Silva is seemingly hoping they can bring that form to the national team.

“You can see the connection they’ve had this season with Arsenal – it’s a big reason why they’re top of the Premier League,” Silva said. “Jesus, we’ve known about his quality for a long time, but Martinelli is really showing what he’s about.

“He’s playing without fear and, if he gets the chance to play, I don’t think it will faze him and he’ll just do what we know he can do.

“I think all attacking players at the top level need that little bit of arrogance – that they know they can do something special – and he has that.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Brazilian duo seemingly have a job on their hands to break into their country’s starting lineup, with other options preferred at the moment.

But they can certainly have an impact if they get the opportunity, and Silva is right to suggest that Martinelli is unlikely to be fazed by the occasion.

The winger scored on his Arsenal debut in pre-season, he scored twice on his first Arsenal start, he scored twice on his debut in European football, he has three goal contributions in four games against the big-six this season. He relishes a new challenge.

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