Martinelli’s message to Mikel Arteta
Gabriel Martinelli is loved by the Arsenal fans.
And they are desperate to see the Brazilian succeed at the Emirates Stadium, although his progression in north London has been stunted by injuries.
On more than one occasion the Gunners faithful have called upon Mikel Arteta to give him his opportunity and they got their wish against Newcastle after injury to Bukayo Saka.
Martinelli was thrown on and barely two minutes later he had wrapped up the points, volleying a shot past Martin Dubravka for 2-0 after Saka had opened the scoring.
He was given a massive welcome when he was introduced to the fray and the decibels went up after his shot hit the back of the net.
It was a clear message to Arteta, with Martinelli saying afterwards: ” As I always say, even if I play two, five, ten minutes I am always ready to play and show something to the team, the manager and the fans.”
Saka left in disbelief
Whilst the first-half was not too much of a thrilling spectacle from a Gunners’ perspective, the hosts did have a huge opportunity to take the lead in the first-half.
Following a spectacular save that saw Martin Dubravka deny Emile Smith Rowe, Aubameyang looked sure to score after the ball dropped to him only yards out. The Gabonese inexplicably prodded the ball onto the post though.
Having crossed for Smith Rowe’s original effort, Saka was left on his haunches on the edge of the pitch, with a similar look to the vast majority of observers in the Emirates Stadium.
Fortunately, he was able to put Aubameyang’s miss right after he opened the scoring a low drive after the break before being withdrawn through injury.
Full-backs’ shooting practice needed
Takehiro Tomiyasu has already become a firm fans’ favourite since his summer move to the Emirates Stadium.
And, as a defender, the Arsenal supporters can forgive him when it comes to his work at the top end of the pitch.
The Japanese international is yet to record a goal or an assist at Arsenal since his move, which is not necessarily an issue, although as an attacking right-back he might well be expecting assists to come his way.
Goals on the other hand are another matter, and if his first half effort is anything to go by, Arsenal fans may be waiting some time to see him get on the scoresheet.
After a fine Martin Odegaard free-kick was palmed away by Martin Dubravka, the ball was sent back into the box and a loose header fell to Tomiyasu whose eyes lit up.
Sensing glory he went for the shot on the volley as the ball fell in the box, but his skewed attempt would have gone out for a throw-in had it not been blocked out.
And that set the tone for the Arsenal full-backs overall on the day.
Nuno Tavares blasted an effort well wide of Dubravka’s goal when he opened up some space for himself too and he was not done there.
The Portuguese went and did the same thing three more times in the first half, which must have disgruntled his manager Mikel Arteta.
Source by Football London