Gabriel Martinelli offers more affordable route into Arsenal's points-laden midfield for Dream Team bosses | The Sun

ARSENAL regained the top spot in their Champions League group with a 2-1 win away to Sevilla on Tuesday night.

The Gunners' Brazilian contingent came to fore with goals from Gabriel Martinelli (£4m) and Gabriel Jesus (£5m) ultimately getting the job done in Spain.

Unfortunately, the latter was forced off late on with a suspected hamstring injury.

The former, however, should very much be on the radar of Dream Team managers because of the form he's exhibited since returning from injury.


Martinelli has plundered 24 points in two Gameweeks since recovering from a hamstring issue.

The 22-year-old registered two shots on target, one big chance created and earned three bonus points on top of his goal to take the La Liga outfit for 13 points when all was said and done on Tuesday night.

He only mustered three points against Chelsea at the weekend but still his combined tally of 16 points is enough for him to be Gameweek 9's joint-best midfielder at the time of writing.

And of course, he's categorisation as a midfielder is rather generous as he's not far off a fully-fledged forward in reality.

Dream Team bosses who played the game last season won't have to be convinced of Martinelli's viability but his current status this term is rather intriguing.

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At £4m he's cheaper than Martin Odegaard (£5.1m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.4m), offering gaffers a more affordable route into Arsenal's points-laden midfield.

The Norwegian playmaker is the joint-third best asset in his position right now with 79 points to his name while the Gunners' homegrown Star Boy is Dream Team's top performer overall with 97 points.

As expected, the pair are among the most-popular players in the game – Saka appears in 33.8% of teams (recently decreased due to injury concerns) while Odegaard's ownership is a healthy 38.9%.

In comparison, Martinelli's ownership of 6.1% seems paltry but that's relatively high for a player who has only just returned from a lay-off.

Gaffers who can't easily afford Saka or Odegaard would do well to consider Martinelli ahead of Gameweek 10 as Mikel Arteta's side have a particularly favourable fixture in the form of Sheffield United at home.

They're also scheduled to face West Ham in the Carabao Cup but rotation is expected for that match-up.

Martinelli is the form-man heading into that friendly meeting with the Blades – he averages eight point-per-game across his last three outings, the highest among his team-mates.

Manchester City have been the kings of midfield in Dream Team over the last four or five years but Arsenal are giving them a run for their money this term.

As well as Saka, Odegaard and Martinelli, Declan Rice (£3.7m) is the joint-tenth best asset in his position having moved onto 65 points with a 15-point return in Gameweek 9.

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