What happened with Gabriel Martinelli could force Edu to change Arsenal's summer transfer plans

What happened with Gabriel Martinelli could force Edu to change Arsenal's summer transfer plans

The Brazilian struggled as a center-forward in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, prompting Edu to reconsider his summer transfer plans.

Gabriel Martinelli made his Premier League debut as a number nine in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on the bench, the Brazilian wonder kid was given the chance to live up to the similarities to his compatriot and former Real Madrid and Barcelona superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.


            "I truly believe Martinelli is the one," Campbell told Football Insider. "Martinelli was a revelation when he arrived last season. He's a real handful – solid, direct, and reminiscent of Brazilian Ronaldo.

            "He has a fantastic ability to pick up the ball and run at goal. I'm not saying he's Ronaldo, but he reminds me of him, especially the goal he scored against Chelsea."

            However, the experiment against the Baggies did not go as planned.

            It remains to be seen if Mikel Arteta keeps Martinelli as a center-forward for Arsenal's final three games of the season, but the teenager's best position at the moment appears to be from the left-wing.

            As a result, the Gunners will have to reconsider their transfer strategy this summer.

            Lacazette's deal at the Emirates Stadium is coming to an end, and although a summer departure will make sense for both involved, football.london understands a definitive decision will be taken at the end of the season.

            The Frenchman, who came on in the second half to replace Martinelli, is Arsenal's top scorer this season and would need to be properly replaced if he were to depart.

            In an ideal world for technical director Edu, Martinelli or Folarin Balogun step up in the remaining games, and the Gunners suddenly have the perfect substitute for Lacazette, saving them millions.

            Not to mention the possibility of returning Aubameyang to his preferred central position and keeping him there.

            However, if Arteta and Edu decide that a more seasoned number nine is what Arsenal needs next season, then extending Lacazette's contract is the best option.

            Otherwise, the club could enter the transfer market, with Genk striker Paul Onuachu already pleading with clubs to come and get him.

            According to Sport Witness, he said, "I really like Arsenal." "(Emmanuel) Adebayor is one of the players I most respect.

            "I was a huge fan of him and (Nwankwo) Kanu. I enjoy seeing Arsenal."

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