MIKEL ARTETA has revealed he is ‘tempted’ to launch an attacking quartet of Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard.
And now Martinelli is back available Arteta are contemplating bringing him into the mix as well to complete the fearsome-looking front four.
With Saka and Martinelli both just 20, Smith Rowe 21 and eldest brother Odegaard 23, the Gunners will have a particularly youthful look.
On the possibility of them starting together against Wolves, Arteta said: “They played together – Emile plays in left attacking midfield, that’s another position he can play.
“I’m tempted, yes, because they want to play and when you see the players training and playing the way they do, you want to throw them all on the pitch. Unfortunately, 11 is the limit.”
It’s safe to say that Arsenal fans are excited at the prospect of a fantastic quartet lining up together.
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One person wrote on social media: “This will be a new era for Salah Mane Firmino and Coutinho.”
While another said: “We’re really going to explode, never been more excited.”
And a third added: “It’s time!”
Arteta also goes on to suggest that both Smith Rowe and Martinelli are capable lead the Arsenal team.
With the Frenchman leaving with Eddie Nketiah at the end of the season, Arteta needs players to strengthen in their absence.
Regarding the pairing that could play at the front, Arteta said: “It depends on the role you want to play and the role you want from nine.
“They have very different qualities, they will change our structure and the space in which we will attack, the positions that will threaten, the way they will fix the opponent in certain areas.
“It will also depend on the behavior of the opposition, to understand which context will benefit both.
“They’ve also changed a lot of positions and sometimes we have to be careful with how much we change them.
“But the moment they’re ready, that’s another opportunity to use them in the future.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17760304/arteta-starting-smith-rowe-saka-martinelli-odegaard-arsenal-wolves/ Arteta hints at starting Smith Rowe, Saka, Martinelli & Odegaard together for the first time in Arsenal’s clash with Wolves