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Mikel Arteta defends use of Gabriel Martinelli as he outlines forward’s future position

Mikel Arteta has defended his use of Gabriel Martinelli after the Arsenal ahead once more showcased his high quality within the win over Newcastle.

The striker offered the help for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he bought on the scoresheet at St James’ Park.

Martinelli got here off the bench in Thursday’s loss at Villarreal together with his affect once more seeing elevated requires him to play extra often.

The 19-year-old has needed to cope with harm points throughout his career on the Emirates and Arteta is attempting to ease him in slowly.

“Gabi is improving every week. I think he’s taking his minutes in the right way and he’s developing in the way that we all believe he can,” stated the Spaniard.



Mikel Arteta has defended his use of Gabriel Martinelli

“Today he had an assist, it was in an important moment, and he had some good moments off the left and as well trying to play him as a nine as well.”

Arteta was quizzed on whether or not he would use Martinelli as a No 9 or a winger going ahead however he needs him to be succesful of doing each.

He stated: “Time will tell but I’d like to develop him in both positions because I think he’s got the potential to do both.”

Arteta has a bunch of strikers accessible to him that means Martinelli is battling with the likes of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for a beginning berth.



The Brazilian was an impressive performer on Sunday
The Brazilian was a powerful performer on Sunday

But the Gunners each is adamant the Brazilian has been utilised as and when he’s been match.

“Just look at how much he’s played in the last two years and then how much he’s played with me when he’s been available. And then we can discuss that,” he claimed.

“But it happens. This debate is always happening when you don’t win. If it is not him, it will be someone else. If it’s not Gabi, it will be Lacazette, if it’s not him it will be Willian, or Pepe. So it’s part of it.”

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