Gabriel Martinelli is the latest Arsenal player to send a message of support to club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the team’s Europa League exit at the hands of Olympiacos on Thursday evening.
The Gunners lost out on a place in the last 16 of the tournament after Youssef El-Arabi’s 119th minute goal.
The hammer-blow came after Aubameyang had thought that he put Arsenal through to the next round with an impressive acrobatic effort in the 113th minute.
The Gabon international striker did have the chance to clinch a dramatic late goal for Arsenal that would have sent them through, but saw his effort sail agonisingly wide of the post.
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24 hours on from the game, the striker took to Instagram to send a message to Arsenal fans.
“I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and i thanks God for what he gave me,” he wrote
“An incredible Family and you Fans are part of it thanks for all the messages and the love i received since yesterday.
“Football is great Even if he gives you sometimes Strange emotions but i Take it as a lesson again and keep my head up Season’s Not over yet we’ll fight as a Team Till the end.”
Former captain Granit Xhaka and Arsenal legend Ian Wright sent replies of support to the striker.
They were also joined by summer arrival Gabriel Martinelli.
The 18-year-old has made a instant impression at the Emirates Stadium since the move from his native Brazil.
“We are together brother, you are a phenomenon.” he wrote, followed by “Our captain.”
Writing in his pre-match captain notes ahead of the game, Aubameyang spoke of Martinelli’s rise alongside young striker Eddie Nketiah.
“They are really good kids. They listen and observe.
“Laca and I don’t have to say too much. They just observe a lot at training and then reproduce it in the games.”