Football: Arsenal's Unai Emery praises hungry Gabriel Martinelli after Europa League brace but omits Ozil again

Gabriel Martinelli (pictured) struck twice in two minutes in the opening half and set up Dani Ceballos to cap off an impressive display at centre forward. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS, AFP) - Arsenal manager Unai Emery hailed forward Gabriel Martinelli's hunger and aptitude after the Brazilian teenager scored two goals and set up another in Thursday's (Oct 3) 4-0 Europa League win over Standard Liege.

The 18-year-old, who joined Arsenal in the close season for a reported fee of £6 million (S$10.22 million), struck twice in two minutes in the opening half and set up Dani Ceballos to cap off an impressive display at centre forward.

"He played in this position with us and in every training he showed us his hunger to be with us," Emery told reporters.

"In pre-season he played in different positions, but above all he preferred playing on the left wing. But also he played as a right winger.

"I used him as a striker because in Brazil he played this position. It's not the best position for him, but the first (thought) in his mind is to help us... his performance and aptitude was amazing."

But the Spanish manager said Mesut Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, did not deserve his place even in a squad packed with youngsters and was once more left out of the match-day squad.

Emery made 10 changes from the side that drew at Manchester United on Monday, with Ozil not making the squad on either occasion.

"I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us," he replied when asked about the German midfielder's omission.

"When I decided he shouldn't be in the squad it's because I think other players deserved it more."

The 30-year-old has had a difficult relationship with Emery since the manager's appointment last year and his absence from the squad will lend weight to speculation that he does not have a long-term future at Arsenal.

Martinelli's brace followed a two-goal haul in their 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup last month and defender Hector Bellerin said the Brazilian was reaping the rewards of following Emery's advice in training.

"Everyone is pleased for him," Bellerin, who made his first start on Thursday after nine months out with a knee injury, told BT Sport.

"He has been a player, he keeps his head down, he works really hard, he is doing what the coach wants him to do and it shows on the pitch."

Joe Willock, 20, was also on target for a youthful Arsenal line-up with an average age of 22.

"Historically Arsenal have that responsibility with young players, and... my responsibility now is also speaking with the club and giving them chances," Emery added.

"We want to give them chances, but we need to find our very high demands in our performance to achieve our targets. We're in one process and we want to do it as quickly as we can because our targets for the season are very important to achieve."

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