Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martinez is happy to see Marko Arnautovic getting off to a fast start in a Nerazzurri shirt.

Speaking to InterTV after the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 Serie A opening day over Monza, via FCInterNews, the Argentine expressed his gratitude to his new teammate for setting up his second goal in the match.

No Inter player heading into this evening’s match was a more recent arrival than Arnautovic.

There are plenty of new signings still finding their feet. But for the Austrian, he has barely been at the club a couple days.

Arnautovic only put pen to paper to join Inter midway through last week. And he has had just a small handful of training sessions to get up to speed with his new teammates.

But it would be hard to deduce any of that from watching the 34-year-old’s second half performance.

Arnautovic gave Inter a new reference point in the final third after coming on as a substitute, providing both physicality and also technicality and close control.

And whilst the former Bologna, West Ham United, and Stoke City man did not manage to score on his debut, he wasted no time in notching his first assist with an inch-perfect pass to put it on a plate for his new strike partner Martinez.

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Of his burgeoning partnership with Arnautovic, Martinez said “I thanked him. He signed so he can give us a hand.”

The Nerazzurri captain noted of the team’s newest signing that “He made himself available immediately. He only just arrived, and it’s important to get off to this kind of start.”

“I’m happy because we got off to a good start,” Martinez said of Inter’s win over Monza.

“We played an excellent match and I’m happy. guys did what the coach wanted.”

The 25-year-old said that “I congratulate everyone, including the players who came off the bench.”

Of being the captain of Inter for the first time, Martinez said that “It’s important.”

“I feel more responsible now, but even before this I’ve always given everything for this team,” the Argentine continued.

“Certainly now there’s more responsibility,” Martinez noted of being captain.

“I have to grow a lot, and always try to give a hand to everyone.”