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Why Arteta has dropped Martinelli recently

Why Arteta has dropped Martinelli recently

Martinelli explanation

Gabriel Martinelli returned from injury against Everton at the end of 2020, and burst onto the Arsenal pitch against Manchester City in the quarter final of the League Cup.

The Gunners had looked like they’d been missing the Brazilian, as well as the energy he provides, for a long time. It was a breath of fresh air to an Arsenal team that had lacked an injection of desire and pace.

However, Martinelli has struggled for regular game time recently, with the likes of the Bukayo Saka, Willian, Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe being used in wide areas more often both from the start and off the bench.

Arteta explained, though, that Martinelli could play on Sunday, where he hopes the 19-year-old will take his chance.

“He wants to play all the time,” Arteta said regarding his lack of minutes. “We know him and we know he is disappointed when he is not playing and you know that when you throw him on the pitch he is going to do his best.”

Why Arteta has dropped Martinelli recently

PIRAEUS, GREECE – FEBRUARY 25: (2ndL) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 3rd Arsenal goal with (L) Willian, (R) Alex Lacazette and Bukayo Saka during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2021 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“He had an opportunity last week when I decided to sub Auba and give him some minutes against Benfica. He needs to take those opportunities and if he plays on Sunday he needs to take it like everybody else.”

Further explanation

This is not the first time that Arteta has been asked about the Brazilian, and previously in January the Arsenal boss opened up on how his long-term injury had been a factor in the youngster’s lack of action.

“Well, he came back and did really well, but then he picked up another injury,” said Arteta.

Why Arteta has dropped Martinelli recently

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal is helped off as he replaced due to injury during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“It took him a while to come and now it’s about getting in his rhythm and getting his place in the team like anybody else. Don’t forget that we played him last time against Manchester United and he started ahead of other players, so it’s not like he’s not having the opportunities.

“We know that he’s got a huge potential and he’s done some really good things since he’s come back. He has a lot of things to develop in his game because of course at his age it’s normal.”

The match against Leicester will provide a good opportunity for Martinelli, who thrives in environments against sides who like to have possession, so that he can press and force them into mistakes.

With the Foxes dropping points and having endured a couple of scares of late – especially in their Europa League elimination – it could be the perfect chance for Martinelli to stake a claim for his spot in the line-up.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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