Gabriel Martinelli is taking English football by storm.
The Brazilian starlet has been a shining light in what has been a season to forget for Gunners fans, and remarkably, his strike at Stamford Bridge was already his TENTH goal of the season in all competitions.
There hasn’t been a lot to envy about Arsenal in recent seasons but they now have a dime in their ranks that they should keep him at all costs.
He is the Gunners’ second top scorer – with nearly double the amount of third-ranked Alexandre Lacazette – and he has become the first teenager to score more than 10 goals for Arsenal in a single season since Nicolas Anelka in 1998/99.
And talkSPORT’s very own Perry Groves, a former Gooner, insisted Martinelli’s finish proved his ability at the highest level.
“There’s got to be a mention for Martinelli because he showed that composure and coolness when you’ve run basically from the edge of your own box.
“You’ve got a lot to time to think about it before you get to the edge of the [opposition’s] box, and for a young player to show that amount of composure was top quality.”
But who are the other top scoring teenagers in Europe’s top five leagues? talkSPORT.com has identified the top ten….
8= Phil Foden (Manchester City) – Three goals
Opportunities for the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ have once again been limited this season but he has still managed to find the net three times.
Foden will be hoping he can get more first-team action in the near future otherwise he may have to consider leaving Pep Guardiola’s side.
8= Rayan Cherki (Lyon) – Three goals
In under a month, the forward has gone from viral sensation to one of the most important players at Lyon – and he is just 16 years old.
Cherki has exploded onto the professional stage and is the latest phenomenal talent to graduate from Lyon’s famed academy, following Karim Benzema, Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir.
8= Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – Three goals
The Blues youngster broke onto the scene under Maurizio Sarri last season and dazzled with some fine displays before his campaign was cruelly cut short through injury.
He is slowly getting back to his best this term and Chelsea fans will be hoping he can get more goals in the second half of the season.
7. Dejan Kulusevski (Parma) – Four goals
The Swedish midfielder has been in incredible form in Serie A, netting four goals for in 24 appearances before sealing a move to Juventus this month.
The youngster did not come cheap, with reports suggesting Juve paid €35m plus a potential €10m in add-ons for his services.
Kulusevski has rejoined Parma on loan and could rack up a few more before the season is out.
6. Ferran Torres (Valencia) – Five goals
One of the most highly sought after youngsters in European football and has already accumulated more than 70 games for Valencia’s first team.
Torres has been on flying form this season with five goals and four assists in 24 appearances, and if he continues his good form he will surely be snapped up in the near future.
4= Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) – Six goals
The Serbian striker turns 20 later this month and Fiorentina are already nervously looking over their shoulder at the prospect that he may be snapped up in the summer.
Vlahovic, who has six goals this season, is blessed with skill and a massive frame – so he could be at the top for a very long time.
4= Rodrygo (Real Madrid) – Six goals
The 19-year-old has had a very promising start to life at the Bernabeu, netting six goals so far this season – including two in the Champions League.
He will now have to deal with competing with his fellow countrymen Reinier, who was the next highly-rated youngster to make the move to Real from Brazil.
3. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – Nine goals
The Red Devils also have a superb young talent in their ranks in the shape of Greenwood, who has nine goals in 28 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men this campaign.
The youngster now has the opportunity to progress even more following the long-term injury to Marcus Rashford.
2. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – 10 goals
The red-hot forward has now netted ten goals in all competitions for the Gunners having, remarkably, only transferred from the Brazilian fourth division last summer.
The 18-year-old will be hoping to continue his stellar breakthrough campaign to propel Arsenal into the top four.
1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 13 goals
The English sensation has continued his flying from last season into this campaign, netting a staggering 13 goals in just 25 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.
Speculation is rife that he could be on the move this summer, with Manchester United and Chelsea frontrunners to sign him for a big-money fee.