With Arsenal trailing in their Premier League clash against Manchester City, Mikel Arteta turned to his bench for answers.
The call was to bring on Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe for Nicolas Pepe and Martin Odegaard as he sought to find a goal that would draw them level.
In doing so, though, the Gunners boss snubbed one of his best and brightest attacking talents – Gabriel Martinelli.
After bursting onto the scene again following his return from injury in December, the Brazilian has played just 66 minutes since injuring himself in the warm up to the FA Cup third round tie with Newcastle last month.
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This has drawn the ire of many Arsenal fans who have had to watch their side struggle to find the back of the net on several occasions this season. With just 31 goals in 25 games they are comfortably the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top half.
On the face of it this anger appears to make sense.
Martinelli is a proven finisher who became the first Arsenal teenager to hit double figures in a single season since Nicolas Anleka last campaign, which is all the more impressive when you consider he missed the entirety of project restart through injury.
But those concerned should remember that the youngster only came back from that same long-term injury that ruled him out for half a year two months ago.
As a result Mikel Arteta has already stressed his desire not to rush the Brazilian back too quickly.
“Time is the key word in this industry, and nobody is going to give you time!” Arteta said.
“The moment the ball doesn’t go in the net and you lose a football match, you’re going to question all the rest, so with Gabi it’s the same. Now he needs time.”
Arteta has already expressed his admiration for Martinelli and spoke about him glowingly as he began to make his…