Gabriel Martinelli gives Arteta exactly what he’s been missing on Arsenal return

Gabriel Martinelli could be the hero of Arsenal’s season if his 45 minute cameo against Manchester City is anything to go by.

The Brazilian started his first game since June in the 4-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat on Tuesday night.

It was a disappointing night for Mikel Arteta in all as his side were sent crashing out of the Carabao Cup in slightly embarrassing fashion.

There were some positives to take though, mostly in the form of teenage winger Martinelli.

The young winger did have to be taken off shortly after half time after a collision with City goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

But before the blow, Martinelli looked extremely bright, and even set up Alexandre Lacazette’s goal with a fine cross.

The game actually began to get away from Arsenal when Martinelli left the pitch, showing his impetus on the match was sorely missed.

Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith was highly complimentary of the Brazilian’s efforts.

“I’ll tell you what, Martinelli has led the fight here for Arsenal,” he said. “If anything threatening has happened, it’s been Martinelli who’s been behind it.

"A lot of players could learn from him. The effort he puts in."

Martinelli swinging in a successful cross could also suggest that he will be the man to put Arteta’s vision into practice.

The Gunners boss commented on how many crosses his side had made in the North London derby defeat, though they never looked like scoring from them.

“I think it’s first time in the Premier League that we put 33 crosses,” Arteta said after his side were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham.

“I’m telling you that if we do that more consistently we are going to score more goals.

“If we put the bodies we had in certain moments in the box, it’s maths, pure maths and it will happen.”

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