Gabriel Jesus scored and assisted against Sevilla to hand Arsenal a important win at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Arsenal took the lead just before the half-time whistle when Jesus turned two Sevilla players to set up a beautiful through ball for Martinelli, who rounded the goalkeeper before tapping home.
Sevilla had two big chances before Arsenal’s opener, as David Raya gave the ball away to Lucas Ocampos, who didn’t capitalize, while Youssef En-Nesyri sent an effort wide just before the opener.
In the second-half, Jesus doubled Arsenal’s lead after beating Navas for pace and struck the ball perfectly into the far right corner.
Nevertheless, Sevilla pulled one back after Rakitic whipped in a ball from the corner, which was headed home by Nemanja Gudelj.
Sevilla then created pressure on Arsenal, and had loads of opportunities to score a equaliser, but they couldn’t capitalize on it.
Rare win for Gunners in Spanish soil
This is a huge win for Arsenal in Spain, which is also Mikel Arteta’s first win as a manager in his native country. Moreover, this is also Arsenal’s fourth victory in 18 away games all-time against Spanish sides in all competitions (D3 L11).
With Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka having a quiet game, it was Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli who stepped up for the Gunners. The ex-Manchester City forward has now scored in all three of Arsenal’s Champions League matches this season.
He is only the second player to score in his first three games for the club in the competition, joining Marouane Chamakh, who did so in 2010.
Martinelli scores in Champions League debut match
With his first-half stoppage-time goal, Martinelli has continued his streak of scoring the first time he starts in a competition.
The Brazilian has now scored on his first start in the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and League Cup.
Arsenal sit top of Group B above Lens, while Sevilla are third above PSV. The Gunners will play two consecutive games at home against Sevilla and Lens in the Champions League.
For now, they will host Sheffield United at the weekend in the Premier League.