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EPL: Arteta Must Pair This Player With Martinelli For A Guaranteed Goal Return

Amuda Segun

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Arsenal have become the draw specialist in the Premier League (EPL) this season and the latest stalemate involving the Gunners have left the club’s fans more frustrated in comparison with their state of minds before that game.

The Gunners were fortunate to escape with a goalless draw in their last Premier League (EPL) match at Burnley especially after Clarets striker Jay Rodriguez hit the crossbar from four yards out when it was easier to miss than score.

It was the fourth successive draw for Arsenal under new manager Mikel Arteta who has drawn five of the seven league games managed by him plus a record of one won and one defeat from the other two games.

Several Arsenal fans have faulted Arteta solely for the Burnley draw at the weekend especially due to his use of Gabriel Martinelli.

Arsenal missed the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the last two league games before the Burnley clash at the weekend after his unfortunate second-half red card in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

During the absence of Gunners skipper Aubameyang, young Brazilian attacker Gabriel Martinelli stepped up to the responsibility of replacing the Gabonese international who has scored 14 league goals this term.

Alexandre Lacazette has struggled to score goals in recent weeks and months despite starting all the league games under new manager Mikel Arteta and the situation remained the same during the absence of Aubameyang who missed the home game vs Sheffield United and the away game at Chelsea.

Martinelli replaced Aubameyang on the left-wing for those two games and he was responsible for two of the three goals scored against Sheffield United and Chelsea as he forged a telepathic understanding with Bukayo Saka at left-back.

The two players combined for the only goal against the Blades.

A lot of Arsenal fans were surprised to see Arteta break up the Saka-Martinelli partnership for the Burnley and that ultimately led to an average showing at the Turf Moor on Sunday.

Aubameyang’s return meant that he took up his customary left position, while Martinelli was shunted to the right.

For subsequent league games, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would be better served keeping the Saka-Martinelli partnership which would guarantee goals.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.