Arsenal were at the top of the action on Sunday when they played against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The match ended in a 2-0 victory in favor of the Gunners, with Gabriel Martinelli being named the man of the match.
In a post-match statement, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta revealed why he doesn’t play Martinelli often.
Arteta in his statement pointed out that Martinelli and Kieran Tierney need to work on their connection on the left flank for him to play.
He noted that Martinelli’s performance during the game against Newcastle United was aided by the presence of Granit Xhaka at left-back.
Martinelli, who created the second-goal assist, has recently returned to the fold, having played seven consecutive league games without making an appearance.
His return to the squad coincided with the absence of left-back Tierney, who was sidelined for each of those games.
Arteta said: “I think having Granit behind him helps in a way because he’s more in the line, in the last row, to the left when he’s more comfortable.
“With Kieran, it’s a little different. These relationships that we have to feel.
Arsenal will now focus on their next game against Villarreal with hopes of bouncing back in the UEL.