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.
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.
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.