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Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldo

first_imgWhile Mikel Arteta’s was well aware of Martinelli’s potential before becoming Arsenal head coach, he admits he’s been ‘surprised’ at just how much ability the Brazilian has at such a young age.‘I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told,’ Arteta said following Martinelli’s sensational solo goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.‘I was told, “You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat”.‘I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad.‘I just thought, “Yes, but he’s 18”. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.‘The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta added: ‘He competed against one of the best defenders in the league, Cesar Azpilicueta, and he got at him every time he had a chance.‘His fighting spirit is incredible and then he is a threat for goals every time. I would like to talk about his potential more than what he is at the moment.‘For this club to give him the responsibility to do that every time is not fair on him, we have to bring him down. The risk is expecting too much too soon – but not just for the fans.‘We cannot give him the licence to think he has to put himself under that pressure. He needs to play with the freedom that he has.’MORE: Emotional Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant ahead of Rafael Nadal clash Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldocenter_img Advertisement Ronaldinho has compared Martinelli to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo (Picture: Getty) Gabriel Martinelli has had an outstanding debut season for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ronaldinho has tipped Gabriel Martinelli for big things in the future and likened the Arsenal youngster to his former Brazil team-mate Ronaldo.Martinelli completed a move from Ituano to north London last summer and the 18-year-old has made an immediate impact in Arsenal colours, racking up ten goals and two assists in all competitions.The teenager has found the net in each of his last Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea and the attacker will be bursting with confidence ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth.Martinelli’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed back home in Brazil where he has even caught the attention of one of football’s all-time greats, Ronaldinho.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Martinelli’s ‘confidence’ and ‘talent’ has even led Ronaldinho to compare the forward to his legendary compatriot Ronaldo.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ Ronaldinho told The Mirror.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo 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. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Giants pursue Chase Young, Jets get offensive punch in Jerry Jeudy

first_img7. Denver Broncos (3-7)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OkahomaThe Broncos, wherever they go at quarterback in 2019, need another big playmaker outside to complement Courtland Sutton. Lamb has needed only 46 receptions in 11 games to put up 999 yards and 14 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target.8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Falcons might not have defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn around to help make this pick, but a long, lean 4-3 end who can disrupt in the backfield would be nice for the Falcons. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.9. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Cardinals, who can’t cover tight ends, need someone who can fly around the field and stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.10. Detroit Lions (3-6-1)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Lions invested in Trey Flowers at defensive end, but they’ve struggled against the run this season. For help in that area as well as getting inside pressure on the QB, Kinlaw makes a lot of sense. Damon Harrison is 30, and both Mike Daniels and A’Shawn Robinson are pending free agents. Kinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with 6 sacks in 11 games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he would be a great fit for Matt Patricia.11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Phiiip Rivers could really use him with current tackles Russell Okung and Sam Tevi hurting.12. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to re-supply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.13. Cleveland Browns (4-6)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top priority. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. Both teams are in pursuit of similar types of players once again. Quarterback is out of the way for both thanks to Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold, but the crosstown rivals could use some pass-rushing and pass-catching help.MORE: Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exerciseFrom the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seedings, here is Sporting News’ fourth in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft.2020 NFL Mock Draft 4. Miami Dolphins (2-8)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWith no healthy Tagovailoa, this has to be the choice for the Dolphins. Herbert (6-6, 237 pounds) is an athletic, accurate playmaker who can continue to close the gap between himself and Burrow after making the wise decision to return to school — matching the mostly good decisions he makes on the field. After a slow start to the Ducks’ season, he has revved up his performance to restore his first-round status.5. New York Jets (3-7)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets need an all-around perimeter guy for Sam Darnold, as speedy deep threat Robby Anderson won’t be re-signed. Jeudy is a classic, drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in nine games, and he keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing to the point of release and Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart being liabilities. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/46/b7/tee-higgins-062619-getty-ftr_wwgzkzpbsc771eo2mgeth34zu.jpg?t=-1803990973&w=500&quality=80 The NFL future of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took an unfortunate hit when he went down hard against Mississippi State on Saturday and suffered a major hip injury. That prompts the biggest change in mock drafts everywhere, as Tua’s availability for 2020 and beyond is now a big question mark.Also of note: The Giants lost to the Jets in Week 10 and the Jets won again in Week 11 while the Giants had a bye. That means New York’s NFC team for will have a higher pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than New York’s AFC team. 23. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre DameThe Bills need a big outside No. 1 to complement the speed of diminutive dasher John Brown and the welcome slot work of another veteran newcomer, Cole Beasley. Claypool has lived up to his first-round talent with dominant performances in recent weeks. He has a little Mike Evans-upside in him at 6-4, 229 pounds. He has 56 receptions for 828 yards and 10 TDs in 11 games as a senior.24. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.26. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) is getting more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge. 19. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line and can’t be a three-down option. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games).21. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)Isaiah Simmons, OLB, ClemsonThe Raiders are weak on the second level, both against the run sometimes and in intermediate coverage most times. Simmons (6-4, 240 pounds) is an active player who seems to be all over the field for the Tigers. He’s a perfect fit for the strong side of Paul Guenther’s defense.22. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)Tyler Biadasz, C/G, WisconsinThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their power run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook, and Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/4a/jonathan-taylor-083019-getty-ftrjpg_16mpuqj8pxxnl1fgybhf6irrug.jpg?t=-440286804&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/1e/henry-ruggs-091199-getty-ftrjpg_s9gdm84gug4817un9n9oj7mxj.jpg?t=852611605&w=500&quality=80 Creed Humphrey, G, OklahomaHumphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand fighter who has great athleticism for the position to fit nicely in Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The 49ers need line help in some form, and they target a right guard upgrade over Mike Person here.32. New England Patriots (9-1)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run. Also look for them to be interested in stashing an injured Tagovailoa behind Tom Brady later in the draft. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/84/chase-claypool-0181818-ftrjpg_16g2sz0ufa9xs1itpqusqn8v3y.jpg?t=617263903&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/58/dandre-swift-052119-getty-ftr_17h3u6ud7jve21kuva3xrnqczb.jpg?t=-597871166&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/d/joe-burrow-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1x76w71rnuipjzccee96p9siu.jpg?t=1194348822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/51/ba/justin-herbert-110219-getty-ftr_1wjjt48qfq93m1gdyvtsprg6p4.jpg?t=794429838&w=500&quality=80 30. Green Bay Packers (8-2)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 20 yards per catch with 8 TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.31. San Francisco 49ers (9-1) 14. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Raiders have made it work with Tyrell Williams as their default No. 1 after the Antonio Brown trade didn’t work out, but they could use a true complete receiver to line up outside for Derek Carr. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man.15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays, given how messy that position has been or them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192 pounds) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.16. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Dolphins will look for someone to pair with Herbert as his fellow rookie go-to guy, and with Jeudy, Lamb and Ruggs off the board, they still will have plenty of top-flight options. Shenault is a complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds. He has 52 catches for 721 yards and 4 TDs in 11 games for the Buffaloes.17. Tennessee Titans (5-5)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMarcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill are unsigned for 2020. This is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied, and it doesn’t hurt that Kyler Murray is looking great with Arizona.18. Carolina Panthers (5-5)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold. 27. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back. They need more of a power runner with a dash of explosiveness and some receiving upside. Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field.28. New Orleans Saints (8-2)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills.29. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUJefferson is getting plenty of first-round hype after looking great against Alabama (7 catches, 79 yards) to build on a great overall solid season (75 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs). He can be an excellent intermediate complement to Marquise Brown for Lamar Jackson, adding to last year’s draft haul of Brown and Miles Boykin. Jefferson is tough and quick enough at 6-3, 192 pounds to be effective as a big slot. 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class, and his big performance in the win over Alabama stamped that status. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, but Burrow is better than that with his athleticism. He, and not Ryan Finley, should be the long-term replacement for Andy Dalton.2. Washington Redskins (1-9)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins with a new coach and will part ways with Trent Williams, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game for Derrius Guice.3. New York Giants (2-8)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThe Giants have loved themselves some transcendent pass-rushers over the years, and Dave Gettleman will jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed a 10.5-sack season with 16.5 already in 11 games as a junior. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/ba/ceedee-lamb-062619-getty-ftr_2fqkl1qvoa0a1xv9pxp77rwpp.jpg?t=-1804400909&w=500&quality=80last_img read more