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Arteta hints he could unleash the £6million Arsenal star in a new role

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Mikel Arteta teased a possible new role for Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli this afternoon.

Arsenal prepare to face Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette was absent from training this week and it remains to be seen who the Gunners will lead the attack with if the veteran French striker is unavailable.

Eddie Nketiah is currently the only other recognized number nine left in north London.

But could Arteta use Martinelli through the middle instead?

Well, don’t rule it out.

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Talk to a press conference about Arsenal’s official websitethe Spanish manager was cryptic when asked if the 20-year-old Brazilian – a £6million signing in 2019 – could start centrally.

He said: “We have many options, you will see that tomorrow.”

Well, it’s not an endorsement, but it’s not a denial either, and that’s kind of exciting.

HITC sport wrote on Friday about how Arsenal supporters could finally see Martinelli as number nine due to Lacazette’s absence this week.

And it’s definitely plausible – and certainly judging by Arteta’s comments.

Usually a wide player under the Spaniard, a prominent role for Martinelli against the Saints makes sense and only time will tell if that’s Arteta’s plan.

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In other news, Owen Hargreaves says the Rangers player has shown his best performance in a Gers shirt

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