“If I were Mikel Arteta, I’d start playing Gabriel Martinelli up front,” Merson told Sportskeeda. “Arsenal could spend a lot of money on a striker, but the player they’re looking for might already be at the club. Martinelli is lively and quick – he has what it takes. He should get a run till the end of the season, and might save Arsenal £70m.”
The player himself has addressed where he prefers to play in the past and insisted he would be happy to play wherever Arteta needs him. “I have played on the wings growing up, but I can play in the middle as well, or on the sides. I can do whatever the manager wants me to do,” he told The Athletic.
Right now, Arteta needs a striker who can score goals after side failed to get on the scoresheet against Palace and Southampton, and wasted chances galore against the latter. If they are serious about finishing in the top four, converting Martinelli into a No9 seems like the most logical choice to stop the rot.