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Robbie Mustoe has suggested that Gabriel Martinelli is looking like a shadow of his former self right now after watching the winger in action for Arsenal in their draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta may be content with a point from their trip to Anfield. But there will be a couple of areas which will be causing him concern ahead of the second-half of the campaign.
Oleksandr Zinchenko had a really tough time up against Mohamed Salah. And he was not the only Arsenal player to struggle on Merseyside.

Gabriel Martinelli looking like a shadow of himself at Arsenal

No player who started the game for Arsenal had fewer touches than Gabriel Martinelli, according to Whoscored. Admittedly, he was the first Gunners player to be taken off during the game. But that arguably tells its own story.
Martinelli featured in every single Premier League game before the end of December last season. And there was only one occasion by the stage where he had been replaced by the 70th minute.

This term however, he has not completed 90 minutes since the 1-0 loss to Newcastle in early November. And Robbie Mustoe told The 2 Robbies podcast that he is concerned about Martinelli’s form.

“I’m just thinking of a team that’s going to be a champion, go and be a champion in this Premier League. And I think if Arsenal want to be champions, I differ from you in a couple of these spots. Yeah, there’s potentially a better Arsenal team given Declan Rice is in there. But Martinelli is a shadow at the moment, he’s a shadow of his normal self. His numbers are nowhere near the same,” he said.
Summer signing may not have helped Gunners forward

Martinelli has scored two goals and provided two assists in the Premier League this season. By the turn of the year last term, he had scored seven times while also providing two assists.

Obviously, Arsenal are still top of the league so that takes some of the pressure off of the 22-year-old. But it will be a worry that he has been much less influential.

Perhaps that has something to do with Kai Havertz‘s presence in the side. Going forward did not play to Granit Xhaka’s strengths, whereas Havertz is looking to make those runs into the positions Gabriel Jesus does initially occupy.

Martinelli and Jesus previously worked together so well. So perhaps that change from Xhaka to Havertz has hurt Martinelli more than anyone.

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