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Would Lautaro Martinez Be A Good Signing For Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal?
Despite Eddie Nketiah’s bright end to the season it’s clear that Mikel Arteta needs to add more strikers to his squad. A hotly fancied option is Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and despite ranking in the top 15% of European strikers for goals per 90 there are question marks over his suitability. So today I’m going to take a look at his strengths and weaknesses before answering the question: Does his transfer to Arsenal make sense?
Statman Dave Clips ➡
Lautaro Martinez is a well rounded striker. A competent finisher off both feet, agile, quick and a hard working team player, Lautaro Martinez is also fairly creative for a centre forward.
The Argentine international also has good off the ball movement. In the final third he likes to create separation between himself and his marker before making last minute darts to reach the ball. This makes him a dangerous penalty box striker but he also uses his intelligent movement to create space for teammates. This particular aspect for Martinez’s play has made him well suited to playing in a front two. Under Antonio Conte he thrived alongside Romelu Lukaku meanwhile this season, Martinez has outshone Edin Dzeko. One of the biggest question marks over Lautaro Martinez is that he can only play in a front two but this isn’t necessarily true. A lot of his 37 caps for Argentina have come as a lone forward where he’s scored at around a goal every other game. He’s also drawn a lot of comparisons with fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero. Prior to his move to Manchester City, Aguero played a lot of minutes in a front two for Atletico Madrid before going on to become one of the best goalscorers in Premier League history, mainly as a lone forward.
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As much as he thrives when he’s able to drop off the line and link the play, Lautaro also gets a lot of joy by running in behind defences. This duality will serve him well if he makes a move to a lone forward. He also has an unusual shooting style where he precisely finds the bottom corner of the net – beating the goalkeeper with accuracy rather than power. Lautaro Martinez also has that South American fight and aggression. An energetic forward, Martinez isn’t just happy to press but he actually presses well, curving his runs and using his body position to cut off pass lanes whilst trying to win the ball back. He’s also a very good header of the ball, especially for a small forward.
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So would he be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal? Still only 24 years old, Lautaro Martinez still has room to grow and improve but he’s got the raw materials to be one of the best strikers in Europe. Meanwhile his second striker style would suit Arteta’s system. Arsenal have performed much better as a team without Aubameyang when their striker has operated more like a false 9 – dropping off the line and overloading the opposition’s midfield by creating a box with 4 players. There are predictable question marks over his physicality. Standing at around 5 foot 8, Martinez will be towered over by most defenders but this has been the case everywhere he’s played. There’s also been a long list of small forwards who have thrived in the Premier League.
Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero are all diminutive forwards who have had excellent Premier League careers.
But what do you think? Would Lautaro Martinez be a good signing for Arsenal? And would he be your pick for the Gunners? Let me know in the comments below!
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