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Mikel Arteta’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headache is easily solved

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Mikel Arteta’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headache is easily solved

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has to work out how best to replace the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but the decision should be fairly simple.

The Gabon international was given a straight red card against Crystal Palace at the weekend after a VAR intervention following a horror tackle on Max Meyer.

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The striker was low but late on the German as he tracked back, and his challenge and resulting punishment will see him miss the next three games.

It’s a big blow for the Gunners with Aubameyang’s goals absolutely crucial to the team.

Arteta has several options to consider, but he should look no further than a man who has been something of a shining light for Arsenal this season.

 

TBR’s view – Martinelli the man for the job

While Aubameyang has grabbed a lot of the headlines this season for Arsenal, youngster Gabriel Martinelli has been enjoying a brilliant start at the Emirates.

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The summer signing from Ituano has helped himself to a highly respectable eight goals in 19 first-team appearances.

He’s outscored both Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe so far and surely has to be under strong consideration by Arteta to deputise for Aubameyang.

Reiss Nelson will be a temptation for the Spaniard, but young Martinelli’s impressive goalscoring prowess should earn him the nod.

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