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Re: Gabriel Martinelli (35)

Postby Power n Glory » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:16 am

Angelito wrote:
Power n Glory wrote:In his last appearance he came on to play as striker replacing Aubameyang. Anyone think Arteta may shift him to a central striker role?

I think he can do what Wenger did with Alexis. Deploy him as a left forward or a CF as in Alexis' final full season here—depending on the opposition. He's versatile enough.

Lacazette will most likely be sold in the summer. Nketiah might be loaned out/sold too.

That will leave us with Auba as our only CF, so it makes sense to utilize Martinelli up top. His best games for us have come as a winger, so we don't really know what to expect from him as a striker. He looks like a 9.5 to me if he plays up top.

Wouldn't really mind a front three of Auba - Martinelli - Saka.

All assumptions though. We don't know if Mikel even wants to use him.

I still recall his preseason games as striker and he was dangerous. Really brave getting on to the end of headers, has that burst of pace to get on the end of moves and he was a hard to handle.

Agree on the Alexis comparison. Has that dogged determination about him and he seems versatile enough. We'll see what happens but I still trying to make sense of why he hasn't played yet.
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Re: Gabriel Martinelli (35)

Postby aniym » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:36 pm

He has a fierce cross on him, I would love to see him on the left more. That said, he probably has better heading ability than PEA so CF might be effective.

I just wish he would get a start so we could what condition he's in.
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