Keown discusses the importance of Saka and Martinelli to Arsenal’s game

Martin Keown has discussed the importance of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to how Arsenal plays as the Gunners prepare to face Manchester United this weekend.

Mikel Arteta’s men head into the fixture needing a win to go eight points clear of Manchester City after the Citizens closed the gap to just five points.

United remains the only club that has beaten the Gunners in the Premier League this term, so the Londoners will have vengeance on their minds.

Several players in the Arsenal team have stepped up their performances this season, which is one of the reasons this campaign has been a successful one, so far.

Keown believes Arsenal’s inverted wingers Saka and Martinelli are their key men and will cause problems for United.

He writes in his column in The Daily Mail:

“Arteta’s team look like they are dictating play to their opponents. United will be tested to the limit.

“A key part of Arsenal’s play is their inverted wingers Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who drive inside on to their favoured feet. The passes played into them are always with that in mind, forcing them inside.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Saka and Martinelli have been very important players for us this term and we cannot speak about their importance enough.

In the match against United, both attackers will need to be at their very best to help us earn all the points.

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  1. 100% correct and of course Saka can also put in a decent cross or cur back with his right foot like a conventional right winger.

  2. Just can’t see Man United getting anything out of this game in the absence of Casemiro.

    He’s their most important player, you could see it in Ten Hogs body language when he realized Casemiro will be missing, in fact that single act cost them two precious points against Palace.

    Ten Hogs having one eye on the Arsenal match was just about to substitute Casemiro when he earns the fifth yellow card, as he shooks his head nervously there went two points with three more to follow tomorrow.

  3. We will be missing Gabriel Jesus as well. In the 1st round Raval Varane was hard on him intact all the Man U defenders.
    I suspect they will be hard as well.and I would like to see us repeating the calmness that we adopted against Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend.

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