Arsenal headed into the international break with an eight-point lead at the top of the English Premier League table. They are looking to return to their glory days and add more silverware to their trophy cabinet. The Gunners are enjoying some success, and their recent form has put them in a better position to win the title. Arsenal lost their last game in the English Premier League against Manchester City. Mikel Arteta’s men were not sitting back after that defeat. They won their next six games and maintained their lead at the top of the table.
One of the key players behind their recent success is Gabriel Martinelli. The 21-year-old was struggling a bit after returning from the international break. However, his recent return to form has boosted the confidence of the team and they are looking like a champion side. We now look at some of the stats of Gabriel Martinelli that show how the Brazilian is taking his side closer to the English Premier League title.
From getting dropped to scoring regularly
Gabriel Martinelli has made 28 appearances in the league this season. He has started in 27 games and came off the bench in one game. The 21-year-old has scored 13 goals and has two assists to his name. After returning from the World Cup, Martinelli scored in back-to-back games. He then failed to contribute anything in the next six English Premier League games. Mikel Arteta benched him after the loss against Manchester City.
After getting benched for the game against Aston Villa, Martinelli was not going to back down. The forward came off the bench in that match and scored a goal. This was followed by five goals in the next five games. Martinelli attempted 15 shots in the last six games and seven were on target. Of these seven shots, six found the back of the net. Martinelli likes to come inside and is ever-present inside the box while the attack is going on.
Gabriel Martinelli’s position on the field can be judged by his touch map above. The Brazilian forward averages 5.95 touches inside the penalty box per 90 minutes. In the last six matches, he has taken 39 touches inside the penalty box. The average is way more than 6.5 touches per 90 minutes. Martinelli has taken more attacking positions and has found plenty of ways to break the opposition’s defence.
Ball Progression and passing ability
Gabriel Martinelli has progressed with the ball 14 times during this period. The majority of his progressive runs came from the left side, while a few came from the centre. By looking at the progressive runs chart we can observe that Martinelli has a high success rate from dribbling inside the opposition penalty box. His box penetrations have mostly been made with the help of these dribbles on the edge of the penalty box.
During this period Martinelli has failed to provide an assist. However, the forward has created a few threats and tried to set up a goal for his teammates. In the last six matches, Martinelli has attempted 11 passes to the opposition’s penalty box and six have found a teammate. His pass map shows that most of the passes have been lateral passes. Overall, Martinelli has been decent with his passing.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, Arsenal’s odds will lower whenever Martinelli is in the team. He is scoring goals and that will also thrive the rate of over goals in the match.
Gabriel Martinelli’s recent return to form has been crucial in Arsenal’s six-match winning streak. He averages a goal per game and has raised the level of his game. Now he will look to repeat the same form after the international break and guide his team to a league win.
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