Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faced the media ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash against Manchester City on Tuesday.
The Gunners’ Premier League form has been terrible over the last two months. Our performances away from the English top-flight have been incredible so far this season. Arsenal fans will be hoping that we can replicate our Europa League form tomorrow to get past City.
Arteta revealed a huge blow at the start of his press conference. He confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ruled out of tomorrow’s fixture. That makes things a lot more difficult than it already is in front of goal.
Our other attackers have to step up to the plate now. Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Willian need to find the net for us to have any chance of getting a result tomorrow. Arsenal fans, however, think that another attacker will be our saviour this season.
Gabriel Martinelli made his much-awaited return on Saturday. The little Brazilian had a few good moments on the pitch, and many feel he did more in 20 minutes against Everton than Willian has done all season.
Can Martinelli save Arsenal’s season?
Arteta was asked if Martinelli can be Arsenal’s saviour this season and the Arsenal boss has urged fans not to put that kind of pressure on him at such a young age.
He told Arsenal.com: “We cannot put that pressure [of being the club’s ‘saviour] on his shoulders. It’s not fair for him. He brings that enthusiasm that the fans can see because he’s got something special, a special energy every time he steps on that field.”
“But remember that Gabi, what he’s done in the Premier League the time that he’s been with us is very limited. Let him develop – like we are doing with many other young kids that we have here.”
Martinelli showed last season he has the quality to win games on his own for us. The teenager is one of the best young players in world football. If he gets a chance against City tomorrow, he will fancy himself to grab a goal or two, and that could change our fortunes this season.