Barcelona ‘upset’ over missing out on Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli

Barcelona are "upset" they missed out on Arsenal 's summer signing Gabriel Martinelli.

The Gunners signed the 18-year-old for €6m from Ituano and he has impressed in glimpses this season.

But before he headed to the Emirates he had trials with Barcelona and Manchester United.

The Catalans allowed him to trained with both the first team and their B side before deciding not to sign the Brazilian.

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There is a feeling among some in and around the Nou Camp that they may have missed a beat in not adding Martinelli, reports Mundo Deportivo .

The teenager has been used largely in the cup competitions by Unai Emery with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette preferred in the final third.

But when given the opportunity Martinelli has delivered scoring seven times in nine outings.

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Arsenal team-mate David Luiz has praised the Brazilian, but for his mentality rather than his talent.

"I always say, talents, I have seen many, but great mentality, I didn’t see many, and who arrives far? It’s great mentality, not just talent" he told 90min.

"I’m not going to say to you about who is the most talented, but the best mentality at the moment is Martinelli.

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"He has a great mentality, especially because I know Brazilians at 18 years old. He’s a top guy, a top player, but what makes me more impressed is the mentality in the training ground, the way he reacts after he scores goals."

Arsenal may be in need of Martinelli's mentality such is their current run of form which has seen them win two of their last ten league games.

Their last outing saw them lose 2-0 at Leicester to leave them nine-points off the top four and ramp up the pressure on Unai Emery who was allowed to spend more than £100m in the summer.

He has also had to deal with the fallout that came with Granit Xhaka's public outburst and subsequent strip of the captaincy.

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