Gabriel Martinelli became a leader at Arsenal during their bad start to the Premier League season, according to Bernd Leno.
The 18-year-old Brazilian was one of the few positives for the Gunners during the final months of Unai Emery’s troubled reign, after joining for just £6 million ($8m) from Ituano last year.
Leno says he has no doubt Martinelli can become a top player, and has been impressed with his mentality and hard-working nature.
“I think he can become a world-class player,” Leno told Soccer AM.
“World class, 100 per cent, because he has talent, he has quality but I think his biggest strength is his mentality.
“He is working unbelievably [hard]. I remember in our bad time when we struggled a lot, he was working so hard.
“He was one of the leaders! At 18 years old, he came from nowhere, nobody knew him before and to play like this, and to behave like this, it’s very good to see.
“I think if he keeps doing like this, he will be an unbelievable player.”
Martinelli has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for Arsenal, including one particularly memorable solo effort in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Chelsea.
Source: News update