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Martinelli: I thank God I joined Arsenal after Man Utd trials


Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli has recalled being rejected by Manchester United as a teenager.

The Brazil international signed for the Gunners more than three years ago, but it could have been so different for the wide man.

He said: "I thank God that I came to Arsenal in 2019. I really believe that things happen for a reason and I'm so happy here.

"It's funny to look back now, because I could so easily have ended up somewhere else.

"You see, I used to be part of this project at Manchester United. I was actually there for several trials. I even met many of the senior players.

"When I was 17, I had my last session there, so I went back to Brazil waiting for news.

"One day my dad called me into the living room. He had spoken to my agent and, well, 'United had said no. Not just no, for this year... no, we don't want him at all'."

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