Does Martinelli need more competition for his starting spot at Arsenal?

This year, though many expect only the Arsenal striking department to be upgraded, Mikel Arteta is now also looking to transform his left wing.

What’s the problem with Arsenal’s left wing?

So far this season, Gabriel Martinelli has been chastised for his lack of effect on Arsenal’s offense. Martinelli’s finishing has clearly been lacking for the majority of the season. This has seen the Gooners call for him to be dropped in favor of other left-wing options.

And when he was dropped for Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace, he came on as a substitute and scored twice. Many people are still unsure whether the Brazilian deserves to start the next game for Arsenal. However, thus far this season, several Gooners are unsure what to anticipate from the Arsenal winger, who was incredible last season, scoring 15 goals and producing 5 assists in 36 league games.

With all of the uncertainties surrounding Martinelli’s form, it appears like Mikel Arteta may have to move on from him in the long run as he may no longer consider him the man for his left wing.

What is being reported?

Fichajes reports that Arteta is considering Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma as a replacement for Martinelli. Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested in the Japanese international, but according to the report, Arsenal are leading the transfer race for the Brighton winger.

The signing of Mitoma could be bad news for Martinelli, who may have to play second fiddle on the left wing.

Do you agree that Martinelli is in need of talented competition for his place in the Arsenal team?

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  1. Yes it’s not about Matinelli alone the team isn’t up to their capabilities and standard this season. Even the coa h needs to diversify his tactics and make right decisions. Everyone needs to do better.

  2. If I stated the obvious, that ALL players , ALL the time, OUGHT to be challenged for their place, I would be regarded as pouring cold water on this non story.

    But all I AM DOING IN FACT, is describing top level football as it is and as it will remain!

  3. Martinelli is already in competition with Trossard and ESR. Saka need competition. Both our wingers on both side are a bit in cold form because of changes in midfield. Rice and Havertz are not in tune with the team just yet. Martinelli and Saka really missed Partey’s gameplay. But I agree with Arteta to change and evolve. Things will improve once Timber and Partey are back. With further additions in the summer, I’m excited for the future. The team is still very young, mind you.

  4. We could also discuss the entire attacking unit as all have had a drop. Gabriel, Martinelli, Saka, Odegaard, Trossard, not a single one is performing like last year. What is the cause for all their dips in form?

    A major factor is the change in tactics compared to last season. When our LW is constantly double teamed and has no overlap support from his fullback, how much can you expect?

    Imagine if Martinelli had an overlapping fullback and Odegaard on his side instead of Saka’s side. Instead, how often is he isolated on the left with no support from fullback or midfield?

    Martinelli has had a dip this year, but let’s consider the factors that have influenced his drop in goals.

    The entire attacking unit is less productive than last year. Why only single out 1 player?

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