Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, may have a new striker strategy that Emile Smith Rowe would approve of.
EMILE SMITH ROWE is struggling to regain his place in Arsenal’s starting lineup.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could use the uncertainty surrounding the futures of his senior strikers to find a new way to reintroduce Emile Smith Rowe to his starting XI. Smith Rowe, 21, has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season.
However, he has not started any of England’s last six Premier League games.
Only three players in the English Premier League this season have scored more goals than Smith Rowe’s eight.
In his last five appearances, he has scored three goals as a substitute.
Arteta, on the other hand, has chosen a frontline that will make it difficult for Smith Rowe to return.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have earned their places in the team, while Martin Odegaard is beginning to show his potential as a No 10 player.
During the first half of the season, Smith Rowe was mostly on the left side of the attack.
Martinelli’s performances have kept him out.
However, concerns about Arsenal’s strikers’ futures may alter that.
The contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah expire at the end of the season.
Lacazette is dissatisfied with the current offer’s length, while Nketiah wants to keep his options open due to a lack of playing time.
With Lacazette currently captaining the Gunners, Nketiah is more likely to leave this month than Lacazette.
He has taken over as captain from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Gabonese star could be joining him soon.
Arsenal will consider offers for Aubameyang this window and will allow him to leave if a suitable offer is received.
All three strikers could leave the club in the next six months, according to Arteta.
However, they may have found a player in Martinelli who can fill one of those voids.
Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak and Fiorentina sensation Dusan Vlahovic have both been linked with Arsenal.
If the above three leave, at least one striker will have to be signed.
Martinelli, on the other hand, has the ability to play in the middle of the field.
In his early days at the club, under Unai Emery, he played through the middle and had some success in cup competitions.
Martinelli was previously described as a “center-forward” by Arteta in March 2020, but the competition for that position was fierce.
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