2. Maximising the Gabi/Gabby combination
Perhaps some Samba magic is all we need to rekindle the offensive spark.
Every Gabriel Jesus appearance seems to follow a long injury layoff and, for that reason, the 26-year-old might not be ready to start on Saturday. However, Arteta confirmed he is available, and his presence (even if just a cameo) will bring a new dimension to our attack.
Like the aforementioned Vieira, Jesus was also exceptional at Brentford last term (scoring once amid a Man of the Match display) and formed an electric partnership with Gabriel Martinelli.
Their interchange hurt the Bees immensely as Jesus’ spellbinding dribbles prompted an en-masse defensive effort while Martinelli often switched between his left-wing post and a more central station to drag an extra man out of the 18-yard box, as well as gaining some shooting room if the backline instead stayed put.
Trossard and Martinelli may wreak similar havoc if Jesus is left wrapped in cotton wool, but the Brazilian duo were at their very best last time and will surely torment the hosts if paired up again.
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