Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s best position at Arsenal

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s best position at Arsenal Gabriel Martinelli has had limited playing time in 2020 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Gabriel Martinelli’s future at the club will be in a centre forward position.The Brazilian has enjoyed a sensational debut campaign with the Gunners, scoring ten goals in 25 appearances in a red shirt.Martinelli has been one of the few bright lights in an otherwise forgettable campaign for the Gunners but supporters have been somewhat baffled by his omission in recent weeks, particularly from Premier League matches. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Mar 2020 4:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.6kShares Advertisement Martinelli last featured in the league on February 2nd (Picture: Getty)Arteta insists that’s down to the fact that players are having to play out of position due to the imbalance in his squad but the Spaniard believes Martinelli will play centrally in the future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT[Aubameyang and Martinelli] are centre forwards but with the squad balance that we have at the moment, to play on those positions on the left we don’t have five players,’ said Arteta.‘We are using one left-winger to play as a left-back [Saka] and he is not a left-back so we’re just trying to adapt to the situation that we have today, trying to create an amount of goal threat that can be successful for the team. that’s part of managing the players that we have.’Arsenal are next in action on Wednesday when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad.It’s the first time Arteta will take on mentor Pep Guardiola since his exit from the club in December.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCity’s title challenge has collapsed since Arteta’s departure but he insists the champions have been ‘unlucky’.‘Sometimes small details make the difference,’ said Arteta.‘ I think they’ve been very unlucky. This is football. It can happen. ‘We have to be at our best that’s for sure to have any chance of winning the game. ‘We are in two different processes and levels, we have to be at our best’.MORE: Andy Robertson says watching Manchester United beat Man City was a ‘nice feeling’last_img

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