Campbell: Saka faces axe v Fulham after what I saw during Arsenal v Slavia
Mikel Arteta will start Gabriel Martinelli ahead of Bukayo Saka when Arsenal welcome Fulham to The Emirates on Sunday.
That’s according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Arteta’s attacking options.
Martinelli, 19, scored his first Premier League goal of the season last weekend after missing a large part of this year’s campaign with a long-term knee injury.
He also came off the bench on Thursday night as the Gunners cruised into the last four of the Europa League with a 4-0 second-leg win over Slavia Prague.
Saka scored his side’s third in the Czech Republic but Campbell claims he will be dropped to the bench on Sunday so Martinelli can get more valuable minutes under his belt as he continues his comeback from injury.
“I think he’ll start Martinelli but I think Arteta is going to look after him,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
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“He played the full 90 minutes against Sheffield United and he came on off the bench yesterday and could’ve scored. He did really well, showing his speed and quality.
“Now Arteta has competition for places he can rest Saka now and put Martinelli in, he can chop and change if he wants.
“The great this is that Martinelli is fit now, he’s there and he’s getting minutes which is fantastic after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.”
Saka scored an exceptional solo goal during a devastating 10 minute period in the first half against Slavia and after the final whistle, BT Sport pundit Martin Keown hailed his performance as ‘different class’.
Arsenal welcome Fulham to The Emirates looking to beat another side in the relegation zone after last weekend’s convincing 3-0 win over Sheffield United.