Should Arsenal bring Jesus back as a winger to give Martinelli a break

What do you think of a Arsenal forward line that includes Gabriel Jesus on the left wing, Eddie Nketiah as the striker, and Bukayo Saka on the right wing in some of the forthcoming games? This season, we’ve seen Arteta experiment with player roles, such as Thomas Partey at right-back and Takehiro Tomiyasu at left-back. A move to play Gabriel Jesus at left flank in one or two games should be explored in the spirit of trying out alternative formations.

When the league returns, Arteta must choose between Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus to head his assault. Jesus’ strike against Manchester United was the perfect statement that he should be back in the starting lineup. Nketiah has two goals in three starts while leading the assault; he ought to start.

In the end, only one will start; hence, the other will be disappointed if he does not.

As Arsenal fans debate who should lead the attack, While discussing the strikers he rates highly, Jay Bothyroyd stated that he does not g rate the Brazilian highly, insisting that Arsenal needs to buy a good striker. With this new striker, he wants Jesus to play on the left wing.

“I have to agree with you there because I can’t say that Gabriel Jesus is a striker or a number nine. The best seasons he’s had have been from the wide areas, he doesn’t score enough goals,” Bothroyd said on Sky Sports Saturday Social.

“He’s not an A-list striker, when Arsenal first signed Jesus, I said that Arsenal still needed to sign a striker who will score 15-20 Premier League goals a year. If we signed a top number nine I’d put Jesus on the left and Saka on the right and Martinelli would go on the bench.”

Yes, Nketiah isn’t a new signing, but with so many games lined up for Arsenal after the international break, don’t you think Arteta could consider playing Jesus on the left wing and allowing Nketiah a chance play striking with Saka on the right wing?

As talented as he is, Martinelli will need to rest in some games to keep fresh. Some may believe Trossard is his natural replacement, but what’s the issue if Jesus also plays on the left wing and assists Arsenal?

Darren N

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  1. OT; Cedric,Lino Sousa,Hilson and Elneny included in our CL group stage squad. lino sousa and hilson based on criteria what about cedric and mo??

  2. People who want to kill Arsenal’s left wing are absolutely correct in wanting to see Martinelli out of the team. There’ve been instances, many, in which Saka was embarrassingly poor, but not substituted. Martinelli has Trossaard, therefore let’s talk about Saka’s butt pincher.
    If Arsenal gets a striker, he’ll still need Jesus to push him to claim the position.
    That’s called upping the game. We need to stop the unnecessary weakening of the team by playing people out of position.

  3. Saka was very poor last game, and poor last few weeks last season.

    Jesus should play RW to rest Saka, he has been vastly overplayed last couple seasons.

    Martinelli is one of the few players who will run at defenders and take them on in the attack. Saka hesitates too much, sitting on the ball instead of going at the fullback like Martinelli.

  4. The disrespect for Martinelli is unreal. He already has Trossard, not to mention Reiss, potentially Smith Rowe competing for his spot. He also has 2 assists in four games this season. That is the same goal involvements as Saka for non-penalty goals. All this with Havertz as the starting left 8 and three different left backs in four games. He also routinely works his socks off offensively and defensively. And yet Arsenal supporters will keep suggesting that we bench him. What more does the guy have to do?
    Would I love for him to be sharper, deadlier? More goals, assists? Off course. But he hasn’t been half bad. And yet…

  5. I don’t get it. Why Jesus when we have two Left Wingers other than Martinelli in the squad? (Trossard and Nelson)

  6. I would say Saka is in more need of a rest than Martinelli. Having a plan for Saka is more important than trying to incorporate Nketiah and Jesus into the starting line up.

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