Gabriel Martinelli has revealed which area of the pitch he felt he could get joy from against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Gunners’ 3-1 victory was well deserved, with the Reds performing uncharacteristically poorly for large parts of the match.
Arsenal had taken the lead through Bukayo Saka, before Gabriel’s own goal tied the score at halftime.
However, some calamitous defending at the back for the visitors handed the lead to Arsenal – with a big mix-up occurring between Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.
Leandro Trossard’s strike through Alisson’s made it 3-1 for Mikel Arteta’s team, adding insult to injury.
Winger Gabriel Martinell was on hand to profit from the mix-up between Alisson and Virgil van Dijk and added to an impressive record against Liverpool.
The Brazilian has five goals and two assists against the Anfield club in 10 appearances across all competitions.
It’s a very good record and one the player is aware of – confessing to it while also admitting where he targeted to find joy as an attacker in the game.
What did Gabriel Martinelli say after Arsenal’s victory against Liverpool?
Speaking to NBC post-match, Martinelli admitted that he knew the right-hand side of Liverpool’s defense would be an avenue for him to attack:
“It’s always good to play against the big sides. We are always excited, and me personally I always do well against Liverpool.”
“We know our qualities and we know our team, we knew that (Liverpool’s right side of defense) was the area of the pitch that we could get something from.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold has come under significantly less scrutiny for his defending this season compared to last.
However, it seems that opposing wingers still feel that the 25-year-old is the weak link in the Liverpool defence.
The Brazilian found plenty of joy getting in-between Konate and Alexander-Arnold in the first half – and was a real outlet for his team.
His admission post-game does raise questions over the Liverpool defence as a whole, but Jurgen Klopp will hope that the Arsenal result was just a blip in what could be a very special season.