Arsenal had to bounce back after the defeat at Anfield and we did that brilliantly against Newcastle today thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
It wasn’t an easy game for the Gunners, especially in the first half. We were too slow and predictable, but whatever Mikel Arteta said at the break worked as Arsenal looked a completely different side in the second half.
Bukayo Saka was incredible and scored a brilliant goal. The youngster, sadly, hobbled off with an injury a few minutes after and Martinelli replaced him. The Brazilian scored with just his second touch and Arsenal fans will love his post-match comments.
Gabriel Martinelli: I love Arsenal fans
Martinelli said, as per Arsenal.com: “Yeah I need to be patient as I always say, if I play 10 or 20 minutes, I have to play well and be ready to play.
“I love the fans, I’m so happy to be here, playing for this club and I’m so happy for the victory. We knew that the game was going to be hard, but we came prepared to the game and I’m so happy.
“To be fair, I don’t remember (the goal). I think Martin played it wide to Tomi and I just thought ‘I’d go to the box and try to head it’ and I finished the ball. I’m just happy to score the goal.”
Should Gabi start against Manchester United?
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Thursday. Arteta has never lost a game against the Red Devils as a manager, and he will be looking to continue that trend next week.
The Arsenal boss now has a decision to make. Martinelli’s performance today definitely gives Arteta a selection headache, and if Saka is ruled out due to his injury, the Brazilian is the favourite to start.
The ideal scenario for Arsenal fans would be to see Martinelli and Saka both start at Old Trafford. The two youngsters can give us a lot of energy in attack, but knowing Arteta, he may just decide to go with the same team as today if Saka is fit.