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Pep Guardiola praises Arsenal Player as an “incredible weapon” after his lively performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup match.

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Pep Guardiola praises Arsenal Player as an “incredible weapon” after his lively performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup match.

Brazilian has signed a new contract with Arsenal and nearly forced a replay with a strong performance off the bench.

Pep Guardiola lauded Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli following Manchester City’s narrow FA Cup victory.

On Friday night, the hosts won a tense battle of Premier League title rivals at the Etihad Stadium, with Nathan Ake’s brilliant second-half finish proving the difference in a close affair and securing a place in round five.

A-list executives Arsenal had created the most chances before the break, despite making six changes from last weekend’s last-gasp win over Manchester United to just two from Guardiola, with City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega denying the lively full debutants Leandro Trossard and Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Eddie Nketiah firing wide at the front post.

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After falling behind, Nketiah’s best chance to equalize was thwarted by some expert Aymeric Laporte defending, with the Gunners later providing a sustained threat in the closing minutes thanks to the introduction of Martinelli, who bamboozled defenders with his pace and trickery but twice saw dangerous efforts cleared by Ortega.

The Brazilian has agreed to a new four-and-a-half year contract extension with Arsenal until the summer of 2027, and he added to his burgeoning reputation with a lively cup cameo in Manchester.

“Yeah good, but Martinelli is an incredible weapon,” Guardiola said to reporters after being asked how his team handled the game after going ahead.

“[Martin] Odegaard comes on and they play in the pockets, they are a really good team, otherwise they could not be where they are.

“They are assertive, and they know exactly what they need to do. They have great control over the small details, but we played a good game in the end.”

Arsenal and City will meet again in a massive Premier League title showdown on February 15 at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners leading the table by five points with a game in hand.

Pep Guardiola praises Arsenal Player as an “incredible weapon” after his lively performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup match.

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