Mikel Arteta admitted in a press conference today, ahead of the Europa League second leg match against Olympiacos, that he has made selection errors in the past and that he is solely responsible for them.
This comes after he was chastised for not giving Gabriel Martinelli a chance in the squad despite the fact that he had been performing admirably since his injury in December last year. The youngster has only been used on rare occasions and has frequently served as a stand-in.
In front of Arsenal fans in London Colney yesterday, the Brazilian scored a 'Ronaldo-esque' goal. Many Gunners fans were left wondering why the tactician wouldn't give the wunderkind even a 2-minute appearance on the field after his latest training antics.
His last match for the North London club was against Manchester United, which they won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was taken off after the first minute, and another 'fill of the pitch' has been anticipated for quite some time.
It's widely believed that Arteta would play the youngster in Thursday's night match.
After thrashing Olympiacos 3-1 in their last meeting in the Greek capital, Athens, Arsenal will be eager to put them out of their misery. After scoring an advantageous away goal in the game, the same opponent kicked Arteta's side.
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