After a turnaround of the poor form displayed at the start of the season, Arsenal hoped to make it four consecutive wins against Brighton and Hove Albion but it wasn't to be as the Gunners were outplayed for a major part of the match.
Since the beginning of the season, Arsenal's young Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli has only played two Premier League games and two Carabao Cup games. His Premier League appearances came against Brentford FC and Chelsea when Arsenal suffered from a Covid 19 outbreak in the squad.
Gabriel Martinelli is a very energetic winger with so much pace, technique and elite finishing ability and he could have injected more dynamism in Arsenal's slim 1-0 victories against Norwich City and Burnley FC.
These were games where Arsenal needed someone who would hassle opposition defences with energy and pace but sadly, Mikel Arteta didn't utilise the young winger. So why exactly has Mikel Arteta not been utilising Gabriel Martinelli?
Gabriel Martinelli was part of the Brazilian team that played at the Olympic games this summer. Being that the tournament prevented Gabriel Martinelli from having a full pre-season training, could that be the reason why Mikel Arteta hasn't utilised him very much in EPL matches?.
The Brazilian winger had a tough time with injuries last season. After a big knee injury that took months to rehabilitate, Gabriel Martinelli suffered from niggling injuries which prevented his involvement with the squad.
Mikel Arteta later revealed last season that he was trying to manage Martinelli to avoid having recurring injuries. Could this be the reason why the Arsenal manager has not been utilising Gabriel Martinelli this season in EPL matches?
It is common for managers to lose faith in certain players in their squad. Has Mikel Arteta simply lost faith in the young Brazilian winger?
Which do you think is Mikel Arteta's reason for benching Gabriel Martinelli? If you also have a different opinion on Mikel Arteta's reason, do tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
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