The fallout from the 3-0 drubbing to Liverpool at the weekend has left more questions than answers surrounding Mikel Arteta’s starting XI, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in for plenty of scrutiny.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s performance left a lot to be desired in the home defeat and has looked a shadow of the player he was last season before signing a lucrative contract extension.
Former Arsenal icon Martin Keown called for change after the game, pointing to the bench for 19-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, who he think should have started over the captain, especially so after the Gabon striker being dropped against Spurs a few weeks back.
Talking, via the Metro, about the omission of Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Keown made the suggestion that the squad will be questioning the decision before long; “They will be baffled by his continued absence. I know I am.”
Gabriel Martinelli is viewed as a player who can make things happen with a bit more impetus in attack, with Aubameyang struggling to do what he’s done in previous years.
“His team-mates see him in training and know what he can do.”
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Arteta will be surely be facing heavy pressure internally and externally for the Brazilian to be given the chance against Slavia Prague on Thursday in the Europa League quarter final.