Keown point out that Arsenal wings can play in front

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Keown point out that Arsenal wings can play in front of the goal without worry.

Martin Keown hailed the performance of Gabriel Martinelli. His outstanding performance in central midfield as Arsenal drew with Premier League leaders Arsenal . Sporting Lisbon 2-2 in the Europa League Round of 16 last Thursday night.

The Brazilian winger was brought on by Mikel Arteta as a center forward after injuries to Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus also played. Not after returning to training after a long injury from playing in the 2022 World Cup at the end of last year.

After the game, Keown spoke about Martinelli’s form on talksport, deeming him qualified to play in the centre-forward position. Even if it’s just being sent down to replace the injured lineup. “I believe wholeheartedly that he is a natural finisher. He has everything in his game.”

Asked if Martinelli was a more natural striker than Gabriel Jesus, the former Arsenal defender said: “I believe that without a doubt. From watching his movements tonight. From the moment he seized the opportunity He is a player who is always on the move when the ball enters the box. He never stays still.”

“He’s a very difficult guy to deal with. And I feel that this is his nature. (Playing as a striker) He’s not a hit-and-run player. But when the ball is in the wide area His movement is amazing,” Keown said.