Martinelli explains why he celebrated this way against Chelsea

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Brazil youngster Gabriel Martinelli scored a stunning solo effort to level the scores as 10-man Arsenal drew 2-2 in a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge in January.

Martinelli did an Mbappe-like celebration, and supporters had thought that Martinelli followed the style of a fan who had motioned in the same way just before Martinelli.

However, Martinelli has revealed that the celebration was pre-meditated and that he had discussed it with his mother before the game.

Asked why he folded his arms, Martinelli explained in a Q&A on Arsenal’s official website: “Many people think I looked at the fans and saw a guy with his arms crossed, but I didn’t.

“When I celebrated after scoring, I didn’t notice him doing that.

“I already had the idea of celebrating like that if I scored. It was funny because I’d said to my mother the night before that I was going to score.

“She was making dinner and I was in the kitchen with her and my father and I said to her that I was going to score and asked what she thought about celebrating like that.

“She said: ‘Go for it!’ So I had that celebration in my head if I scored and it wasn’t to do with seeing that guy doing it. I already had it in my head that I was going to do it.”

Chelsea were close to sealing a win in that game, but fans’ hearts were broken when Martinelli scored a late goal to end the game all square.

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