Arteta reveals why he did not play Martinelli often
Posted On May 3, 2021
Arsenal were in top action on Sunday when they played against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The game ended in a 2-0 victory in favor of the Gunners, where Gabriel Martinelli was named the man of the match.
In a statement after the match, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta revealed why he does not often play Martinelli.
Arteta stressed in his statement that Martinelli and Kieran Tierney need to work on their connection down the left flank in order for him to perform.
He noted that Martinelli’s performance during the match against Newcastle United was aided by Granit Xhaka’s presence at left back.
Martinelli, who created the assistant for the second goal, recently returned to the fold after going seven straight league games without showing up.
His return to the team has coincided with the absence of left-back Tierney, who has been left out for each of those games.
Arteta said, “I think having Granit behind him helps him in a way because he’s more in the queue, in the last line on the left, when he’s more comfortable.
“With Kieran, it’s a little different. These conditions we must feel. ”
Arsenal will now focus on their next match against Villarreal with hopes of bouncing back in the UEL.