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Gabriel Martinelli quashes fan theory over his Arsenal celebration with explanation

Despite what many Arsenal fans believed, Gabriel Martinelli wasn’t channelling his inner Kylian Mbappe when he bagged against Chelsea earlier this year.

The Brazilian sensation picked up the ball in the middle of his own half at Stamford Bridge before capitalising on a slip from N’Golo Kante to be through on goal.

The blistering counter-attack ended with Martinelli calmly slotting the ball beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga in front of a rampant away end.

Arsenal fans were in raptures as the 18-year-old stood motionless taking in the celebrations.

One Gunners fans can be seen standing with his arms crossed, with many fans believing this is why Martinelli opted to go for a similar celebration.

Gabriel Martinelli’s celebration against Chelsea in the FA Cup
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But the striker admits that was not the reason for the Mbappe-esque reaction.

“Many people think I looked at the fans and saw a guy with his arms crossed, but I didn’t,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“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.

Lacazette joined Martinelli on the touchline while celebrating in front of the Arsenal fans
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“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.”

Gabriel Martinelli impressed for Arsenal as they secured a draw at Chelsea this week
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