How will Martinelli and Mudryk fit together in Arteta’s line-up?

Is This £6 Million Star Up For A New Role When Arteta Lands His Top Winter Signing?

Although his transfer is still uncertain, it is expected that Mikhailo Mudryk will have arrived at the Emirates by February. If Mikel Arteta believes that signing Mudryk will put an end to his sleepless nights, he is in for a rude awakening. Arteta will have another beautiful problem to solve after Mudryk joins.

This problem is between Gabriel Martinelli and Mudryk, who will be his first pick for the left wing. Mudryk has grown from strength to strength at Shakhtar Donetsk, covering their left wing.

Although he can play anywhere in attack, playing him on Arsenal’s left side may be the best way to deploy him. Martinelli, on the other hand, has made Arsenal’s left wing his own, and the momentum he has established playing from there makes it criminal to deny him a starting spot; in 16 games, the Brazilian has scored seven goals and assisted two others. Arteta will struggle to decide which of the two wingers will be his main winger.

In line with Arteta’s “incoming problem,” while commenting on Mudryk’s Arsenal switch, Gabby Aghbanolar has hinted at why Arsenal is desperate for him and what Arteta could do to keep both Martinelli and Mudryk happy. About why they can’t ignore him even with his hefty price tag, he tells Football Insider, “But even with that lack of options (strikers on the market), I think they see Mudryk as a player they can’t let pass them by.”

On where he plays and how he and Martinelli could play together, he adds, “They could play him as a false nine; they can put Martinelli up front to lead the line—as he has done before.

“Arsenal obviously don’t want to let Mudryk slip through their fingers.”

Finally, if everything goes as planned and Arsenal spends big on the “Ukrainian Neymar,” did you ever imagine him coming to sit on the bench?

Daniel O


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  1. He would have to be some kind of player to come in and take Martinellis spot ,who in my eyes as been our best player this season .
    Obviously things have clicked and the whole team are IMO undroppable ATM so a player coming in for sums quoted 60+ is not coming here to sit on the bench .
    I’ve read he can play as a number 10 ,winger or anywhere across the front 3 .
    If he was a pure striker I could understand the transfer but this I cannot unless OFC one of our wingers is going .

  2. I’m afraid getting Mykhylo would be tough now, no thanks to Chelsea and man utd expressing interested and also speaking to his agent. From what I gather Chelsea are willing to meet his over inflated valuation.

    1. The player is very inger to be at Arsenal. He watches Arsenal’s movements. So Chelsea should not pollute the lad’s ambition. They will regret it.

  3. We’d have the same issue signing any attacking player – Jesus, martinelli and Saka have been our starting front 3 all season when fit, so anyone that comes in will have to accept that in the short term and be willing to fight for a place when the opportunity arises, potentially by playing in less favoured positions at times. Right now I don’t think we’d drop Eddie for a new signing either because he’s earning his place.

    1. DANIEL O, lets assume , for arguments sake , that we DO land Mudryk( I realise we should not assume it at this moment, though I expect him to come here ). Surely then, far from having even an in “incoming problem”, we would have a far better choice of flexibility of choice, at least whan all are fit.

      And when one is injured, then it would be a Godsend and not before time. Imagine the “problems” poor old PEP MUST HAVE WITH ALL THAT CHOICE OF PLAYERS.

      How lucky are we to not have those erm , ahem, “PROBLEMS!

  4. From what I’ve seen of him,Mudryk is not particularly adaptable ,indeed I believe his appearances for Ukrain have been as a conventional left winger.Having top quality young players such as Martinelli, Saka,ESR and Vieira who are all comfortable on the left wing I really do not see the priority to bring in yet another wide player when our pressing needs are for a central striker and a midfielder with similar qualities to that of Thomas Partey.Mudryk is a terrific young player but not what we need imo.

    1. GRANDAD How much HAVE you see of him? Don’t you think that, however much it be , our scouts and those who want him at Arsenal would have seen FAR MORE? Esp as a second bid is being readied!

  5. We are still in 3 competitions and unless we are planning on throwing them away then we need a bigger squad to cope. Man City and Liverpool have expensive players sat on their respective benches, so if we are trying to compete with them why should it be a problem for us?

  6. In: Mudryk, Amrabat, N’dicka(Pre-contract)
    Out: Lokonga(Loan) Marquinhos (Loan)

    Off Topic: Spuds 0-1 Villa Loris butter fingers does it again🤣

  7. Liverpool have salah, nunez, firmino, jota, diaz and now gakpo available for 3 spots.

    Man city have haaland, mahrez, grealish, foden, alvarez.

    We have martinelli, saka, jesus, nketiah and esr. Adding mudryk to that would bring us to their level quantity wise.

  8. Agbolahor is spot on with his analysis. If Mudryk is able to replicate what we’ve seen of him in the highlights then we could be having a potential world class player in our hands and it will be difficult opportunity to pass on. As for the price tag, I am not so sure because it will be a big risk and the pressure of that price might get to him. But if he comes and clicks, the competition in the team is going to be Arteta’s headache. And what a good problem to have!

  9. Every team needs competition for places and we are not different. We are still in 3 competitions. So let them compete for the 3 spots up front

  10. What if something happens to Martineli like injury, yet we know very well how the competition is becoming tough. Squad depth is needed, so it’s good to have many options fighting for position, Arteta has been handling a team in Man c with two super stars per each position if some of you don’t know.

  11. In this generation people can forget easy.when Ramsdale firstly signed fans were asking why he was actually signed because they feel Arteta would have strengthen the other positions rather than singning Ramsdale since Leno is also a good goal keeper

  12. It’s not an offence to bring in mudryk because for other teams a player brought as substitute will make one not to differentiate the substituted player and the one who has been brought in, it’s what we need in arsenal and yet there are very many games to play in FA, EUROPA and the league itself hence squad depth is needed

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