Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has had his say about Gabriel Martinelli after the Brazilian’s underwhelming performance against Southampton on Saturday.
Martinelli only returned from his injury last month. He looked outstanding in the games he played but suffered another injury that kept him out for a couple of games.
He returned to the starting XI against Southampton on Saturday but didn’t look at his best. Arteta subbed him off after 58 minutes and that would’ve hurt Martinelli as he is capable of so much more.
Arteta was asked about the role Martinelli would be given until the end of the season. The Arsenal boss boldly claimed that he is expecting big things from the teenager who is yet to find the back of the net this term.
He told Arsenal.com: “He was fine. It was a tactical decision [for him to come off in the FA Cup game] and he is fine.”
“He has missed a few training sessions with the last injury, but I expect big things from Gabi. He has been really helpful since he joined again after such a long period, so I am positive about it.”
Martinelli is expected to start tomorrow
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has personal problems to deal with and Arteta claimed that his skipper would be given all the time he needs.
That opens up a spot on the left-flank and Martinelli is the best option in that role. The Brazilian’s energy and directness could make a massive difference for us, and his partnership with Kieran Tierney is brilliant as well.
Arsenal’s best players in recent weeks have been Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. The Hale End pair have shown no signs of stopping and if Martinelli can match their performances, our attack will have enough firepower to hurt any team in the country.