Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – He’s back. It was only brief against City, yet if you were after an example of one player showcasing the vast differences within this squad, Martinelli highlights them perfectly.
A willing runner, dedicated and relentless, he is everything this Arsenal team aren’t. He sets the tone, encourages others and plays without fear or restraint. The less said about the rest the better.
Eddie Nketiah (ST) – Alexandre Lacazette starting in midweek is a clear example of Arteta’s thinking, as he does not fancy the Frenchman to lead his line in Aubameyang’s absence. Nketiah now looks to have cemented his place as the number two striker, and with it unlikely that the captain will be fit to start against the Blues, the 21-year-old will keep his spot.
Willian RW) – Not in the squad at all for the Carabao Cup defeat, and having played 90 minutes against Everton despite putting in the most pathetic individual performance of the entire season in that first half, this one is fairly nailed on.
Arteta sees something nobody else does in Willian, and that’s not a good thing.