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Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli & Gabriel Magalhaes could return for preseason a week before the Premier League starts

Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli & Gabriel Magalhaes could return for preseason a week before the Premier League starts

Arteta’s preseason problems

Arsenal have had a difficult season in which they struggled to put together consistent form.

This has led to a poor league standing which could leave them without European football.

One of the reasons behind this has been suggested to be a lack of pre-season since Mikel Arteta’s introduction as head coach of the club in December of 2019.

Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli & Gabriel Magalhaes could return for preseason a week before the Premier League starts

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Mikel Arteta the manager / head coach of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

He arrived after the sacking of Unai Emery and then saw his inaugural campaign interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This meant that most of pre-season was done in a rushed fashion with the time spent in lockdown sending workouts to players in their own homes to keep them fit.

This meant there was very little time for work on tactics and in-depth planning as to how the Spaniard wanted his team to play ahead of the new season.

This was clearly evident throughout the beginning of the season where Arsenal struggled to create many chances and found themselves even touted as relegation candidates.

Since Christmas however, things have changed and the form table shows that Arsenal sit 3rd in regards to point gained. However, a poor Europa League exit to Villarreal and Emery left the season still in ruin.

Preseason for the coming 2021/22 campaign is being regarded as a make or break time for the Gunners’ current boss.

Gabriel and Martinelli could miss large portion of preseason

There has been both good news and bad news for Arsenal’s Brazilian contingent.

Firstly was the news that defender David Luiz will be leaving the club at the end of the season with no contract either being extended towards him nor a want from him to remain at the club.

Willian has had a difficult first season, failing to win over the fan base with largely tepid displays, however, the other two compatriots Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli are both appreciated members of the squad.

However, the Brazilian national side has called up both to take part in the Tokyo Olympics taking part this summer.

The tournament is set to run from July 23rd to August 8th. The Premier League season gets underway commencing the weekend of the 14th of August.

This means that should Brazil go far in the tournament, both players may not return for preseason until a week before. This would likely lead to allowing the pair some recovery time and therefore missing multiple games at the beginning.

Whilst Martinelli has been very much a bit-part player so far as he develops and is gradually integrated back from a long-term injury, Gabriel Magalhaes has been a fan favourite in defence despite a late drop in form.

Fortunately, the good displays of Pablo Mari will be an encouraging factor. William Saliba’s return from loan, where he has played to the left of the Nice central defence, means he could also deputise.

Arteta will have some big decisions to make very early on it seems.

Confirmed: David Luiz to depart Arsenal after informing club of decision on Friday

Arsenal looking to sign players in at least five positions this summer


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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