Have Arsenal found a new Brazilian gem to join Martinelli? (plus video)

Can this Brazilian prove out to be Martinelli 2.0 for Arsenal?

The need for a center forward is real in the red side of North London. The Gunners have scored just 23 goals in the league this season.

Which is a whopping 25 less than leaders Liverpool, 17 less than Manchester City and 16 less than Chelsea. That is despite the fact that Arsenal boast one of the most expensive front threes, in Alexander Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, in the continent.

Arsenal have looked a better side when young prospects Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have spearheaded the team.

Thus, there is no surprise in reports linking the club to even more younger players. One such name that has cropped up recently is FC Baselโ€™s Arthur Cabral.

The 23-year-old already has 27 goals and eight assists to his name in 30 appearances, with five of them coming in the UEFA Conference league.

In his 105 appearances for the Swiss side, Cabral has an impressive 65 goals. He has a further 17 assists to his name which proves that he is more than just an old-fashioned goalscorer.

That stat would please Mikel Arteta, who always had an inclination towards strikers who contribute to the game more.

From the YouTube videos that I watched, he looks a lethal six yard box finisher. He is also a strong center forward who can hold the ball up pretty well.

The young forward also has aerial presence, which can prove to be a blessing for the current young squad that Arteta has at his disposal.

Too many times Arsenal have been stuck. The team hits a serious roadblock when opposition sits deep. But if they have a striker who has the ability of both Aubameyang and Lacazette, it can only turn out to be good.

Yash Bisht

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17 Comments

  1. Silentstan says:

    Leaders Liverpool? mmmm doesnt say much for your credibility

    1. Sue says:

      Goals scored

    2. Yash Bisht says:

      Leaders in terms of goals****

      1. Thomo says:

        He’s had one decent season in the swiss league, I think we should pass on that

  2. Wayne says:

    Arsenal should get Cabral instead of Vlahovic who is not interested in joining the process.

  3. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    thank goodness Marts has finally completed his rehab

  4. JW says:

    Arthur Cabral has a reputation for being a heavy partier.

    Not sure we want to expose our youngsters to someone of his ilk.

    As for Jonathan David, do we really want another star from Lille? Maybe he will turn out to be Pepe 2.0!!

    1. dgr8xt says:

      How about Gabriel 2.0

  5. Gundaily says:

    Swap Pepe for David and let PEA out. Laca plays for the young players. As I can see the young lads seem motivated to play along side home even if we look from last season and the games when Laca came as a sub.

  6. jon fox says:

    I know nothing of these two strikers in this pIece.

    But I do know that speed and mobility, which MARTINELLI HAS IN GREAT ABUNDANCE, is vital and is vital in EVERY position too.

    This is the whole reason why I REMAIN implacably opposed to Xhaka being at our club at all. It baffles me , frankly, why ANY manger would want in his team a player so clumsy, hotheaded and out of control, but ABOVE ALL, immobile, virtually static and far too slow in all that he does.
    If anyone who backs XHAKA – and almost incredibly, there still are SOME on JA who like him – can explain to the large majority who agree with me , WHY he is still, here , then I am all ears!.
    MAN CITY AND LIVERPOOL HAVE SPEED AND MOBILITY ACROSS THEIR WHOLE TEAMS AND THAT IS WHY THEY ARE THE BEST.
    Other teams, ourselves included, lack that sheer pace in passing ACROSS THE WHOLE TEAM and the incredible mobility throughout the whole team that makes them so special.

    Without speed and mobility you will NEVER ever be a real top team.

    We are getting there and a good number of our younger player HAVE speed and mobility, as is obvious.

    BUT we urgently need snail Xkaka gone. As of JANUARY, if we are serious about improving our chances of success.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      @Jon, Only you could turn an article about a young Brazilian possible target into a tirade against Xhaka!

      1. jon fox says:

        Adaptability is one of my many strengths PAT, so thanks for publicising it!

    2. Johnmike says:

      You are such a pathetic Wailer, for your information, Xhaka still has a long contract with Arsenal and pathetically worse for you is the fact that Arteta rates him highly as a main stay of his midfield.

  7. Atangana says:

    This guy is amazingly intelligent in his play. very dynamic and really looks like what we need to combine with our young forwards

  8. henson gunner says:

    johnmike, this is why some of us believe so much that arteta success so far( if any) is happen chance. the real problem of arsenal no making the needed progress is not Auba or Pepe. Rather, it’s Xhaka. The Swiss does not play progressive football. his lack of mobility at the center of midfield and his poor judgement of the game has denied us a lot of victories. Arteta needs to prove his seriousness of dropping the dead woods by shipping out the likes of Xhaka.

  9. henson gunner says:

    johnmike, this is why some of us believe so much that arteta success so far( if any) is a happen chance. The real problem of arsenal not making the needed progress is not Auba or Pepe. Rather, it’s Xhaka. The Swiss does not play progressive football. His lack of mobility at the center of midfield and his poor judgement of the game has denied us a lot of victories. Arteta needs to prove his seriousness of dropping the dead woods by shipping out the likes of Xhaka.

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