Gabriel Martinelli danced through the Chelsea defence to stun the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Brazilian teenager has burst onto the scene and cancelled out Jorginho’s opener as the 10-man Gunners drew 2-2 with their London rivals.
But that did not stop Jorginho taking the time to chat with his Arsenal counterpart – being suitably impressed to request he join him in the Italy squad.
Martinelli is the subject of a battle for his international allegiances having represented Brazil at Under-23 level but also holding an Italian passport.
According to Brazilian TV network Globo Esporte, Jorginho, also born in Brazil but opting to play for Italy, told Martinelli: “I am waiting for you in March”.
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Speaking about Martinelli after the game, an impressed Jorginho said: “He is really doing an incredible job.
“He burst out of nowhere… He has the merit that he was ready the moment the opportunity came.
“He’s standing out, he deserves it, and I hope he can help the Italian team a lot.”
Gabriel Martinelli impressed for Arsenal as they secured a draw at Chelsea this week
Martinelli was blocked from playing for Brazil Under-23s in their pre-Olympic qualifying tournament currently taking place.
It is claimed the youngster turned down an Italy Under-19s call-up in September, claiming he was too busy with his Arsenal commitments shortly after his move.
But he accepted the chance to link up with Brazil Under-23s in November, playing 90 minutes in his first appearances.
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