Why Gabriel Martinelli is missing from Arsenal’s matchday squad to face Tottenham


Why Gabriel Martinelli is missing from Arsenal’s matchday squad to face Tottenham

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Sunday’s marquee Premier League match is set to play out later this afternoon.

The clash will take place at the Emirates, in the form of the final North London derby of the season, on the domestic front anyway.

The sides head into the tie in similar form. Arsenal have won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five, whilst Spurs have won three and lost two (in the league).

However, the capital rivals have very different ambitions in the English top-flight at present.

Spurs will kick-off on Sunday sitting 7th in the table, one point off the top-six, and six points off 4th, whilst boasting two games in hand on Chelsea.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are languishing down in 10th place, with their best hope of securing European football for next term now via the Europa League.

Despite not having too much on the line in the league, though, Mikel Arteta and co. will nevertheless no doubt be desperate to get one over on their bitter rivals today.

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Why Martinelli is out of Arsenal’s squad to face Tottenham

Ahead of Sunday’s game, an update on one of the selection choices made by Mikel Arteta has been provided online.

Gabriel Martinelli was a key figure for Arsenal during the first half of last season. But despite having returned from injury at the back end of 2020, the Brazilian has since been used sparingly by Arteta.

And now, David Ornstein – who also confirmed that the forward will not be in the Gunners’ matchday squad on Sunday – has provided an explanation for the youngster’s absence.

According to the reliable Ornstein, Martinelli is fit, and doing well in training, but misses out against Spurs simply as a selection decision:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 30 43 71
2 Leicester City FC 29 21 56
3 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
4 Chelsea FC 29 19 51
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 28 3 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 27 11 41
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Crystal Palace FC 29 -16 37
12 Leeds United 28 -3 36
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
14 Southampton FC 29 -15 33
15 Burnley FC 29 -15 33
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 28 -7 29
17 Newcastle United FC 28 -17 28
18 Fulham FC 29 -14 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 29 -37 18
20 Sheffield United FC 29 -34 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

Source: 101greatgoals.com