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Arsenal vs Slavia Prague: Arteta told to drop Aubameyang, Start Martinelli

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has urged manager Mikel Arteta to drop captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to him, Gabriel Martinelli should take Aubameyang’s place in the starting XI.

Arteta dropped Aubameyang a few weeks ago for the North London Derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur, after he arrived late for a team meeting.

The Gabon striker was again ineffective as Arsenal lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Saturday.

And ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Slavia Prague at the Emirates, Keown feels Arteta has to make a similar decision again.

“Arteta has a big decision to make on his captain. He set an example by dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the north London derby recently.

“Should Arteta not be dropping him for performing as poorly as he did against Liverpool? If he sticks with Aubameyang, he risks losing the respect of the group.

“It’s time to bring in Gabriel Martinelli. He is too good to be sitting on the bench,” Keown said in his SportsMail column.

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