2. Gabriel Martinelli
Martinelli has been criticised for having a poor start to the season which I think is very harsh. In any case, against United he was excellent. Fearless, he took on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is an exceptional 1v1 defender, with every chance he had. Although he wouldn’t always get past him, he won plenty of corners and was the most energetic player in Arsenal’s front line.
He wasn’t just lively. Martinelli showcased his quality for the first Arsenal goal. A lovely backheel flick to Oleksander Zinchenko to start the attack, he then found Odegaard in acres of space in the box.
When he got to the by-line, the Brazilian winger always found someone in the box. He didn’t stop taking on United players until he was subbed off and he should be very proud of his performance. Martinelli is likely to be instrumental this season and I cannot wait to see him perform in the Champions League.