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EPL: Arteta gives a tip between Martinelli, Tierney

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has suggested that Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney work on their left flank.

Arteta spoke after Martinelli was crowned man of the match, following their 2-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

According to the Spaniard, Martinelli’s performance was aided by Granit Xhaka’s presence on the left wing.

Mohammed Elneny put the Gunners ahead early, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 in the second half.

Martinelli provided the assist for the second goal and recently got back in the bat after having seven straight league fixtures without making an appearance.

Oddly enough, his return to the team coincided with the absence of left wing Tierney, who was sidelined for each of the matches.

And Arteta has now hinted that one of the reasons he did not play Martinelli more often was due to the lack of connection and relationship between him and his Scottish team-mate.

‘I think Granit is behind him, help him in a way, because he’s more in line, in the last line, left than he’s more comfortable.

‘With Kieran, it’s a little different. We have to feel those relationships, ”Arteta said.

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