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“Gabriel Martinelli is too good to be left on the bench.” Arteta urged to drop Aubameyang for Martinelli.

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Aubameyang’s recent form has been an issue to Arsenal fans. Arsenal’s lack of consistency has seen their bid for top-four finish scatter with Liverpool beating piling miseries to Arteta men. The Arsenal captain has been a poor team player in recent games. He was substituted in their 3-0 loss to Liverpool by Gabriel Martinelli, though the limited time of play for the Brazilian has hindered him from producing moments of magic for the gunners this season.

The former Arsenal defender Keown while speaking to the Daily Mail  believes Aubameyang is underperforming and Mikel risks losing respect from Arsenal fans if he doesn’t drop his captain for Gabriel whom he says he is too good to be benched.


Keown said:

“Arteta has a big decision to make on his captain. He set an example by dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the north London derby recently. Aubameyang was supposed to start against Spurs but turned up late and was pulled.

“Should Arteta not be dropping him for performing as poorly as he did against Liverpool? If he sticks with him, he risks losing the respect of the group.

“It’s time to bring in 19-year-old Gabriel Martinelli. He is too good to be sitting on the bench. His team-mates see him in training and know what he can do. They will be baffled by his continued absence. I know I am.

“Use him on the left. Use Martinelli’s fellow 19-year-old Bukayo Saka on the right. Start Emile Smith Rowe. Then you’ll have a team who can pose problems for the opposition. There were too many passengers against Liverpool. 

“They had Aubameyang on the left, Alexandre Lacazette central and Nicolas Pepe on the right – three club-record signings – but they missed the energy and drive of Smith Rowe and Saka.

“There is no time for Arsenal’s players to feel sorry for themselves. They need to bounce back against a Prague side who have knocked Leicester and Rangers out of the Europa League. 

“Arteta has big decisions to make – ones he needs to get right.”


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