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Gabriel Martinelli’s new role as youngsters involved – three things spotted in Arsenal training

It may be the international break, but Arsenal are still hard at work on the training pitch at London Colney.

It’s been a busy week for Mikel Arteta, who took time out to attend the premiere of Arsene Wenger’s new documentary on Tuesday night, but he was fully focused on improving a new look Gunners side.

These fortnight breaks have proved crucial for Arsenal so far this season as they have managed to turn their appalling start to the season around.

Unsurprisingly, the impressive form on the pitch at the Emirates has been rewarded with a series of international call ups, with Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe both travelling to join up with the senior Brazil and England squads, respectively, for the first time.

As a result, there were very few of the familiar names involved at London Colney, but that didn’t stop Arteta working his team very hard.

Playground tactics

As much as Arteta has been key in turning around the form of his side, the Spaniard’s backroom staff have played an important role too.

Assistant coach Steve Round has played a big part helping to ensure standards of professionalism are kept high around London Colney and that Arteta’s famous ‘non-negotiables’ are adhered to.

Keeping the mood positive has also fallen under the former Everton and Manchester United coach’s remit, and he had an interesting way of doing that in this latest session.

It may seem that footballers are far too serious to be involving themselves in playground games, but old favourite of stuck in the mud was wheeled out at Colney.

Eddie Nketiah seemed to particularly enjoy his role of trying to touch all his teammates so that they were unable to move until another crawled through there legs yelling “that’s it, they’re finished!” as he, Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere worked to stop his teammates from getting away.

The drill designed at teaching a coordinated press was one that certainly went down well with the Gunners players.

Martinelli’s new role

It has been a frustrating time for Gabriel Martinelli recently, with the Brazilian having started just two Premier League matches all season for Arsenal.

As he continues to develop, there are plenty of questions being asked over what his best position is.

Mikel Arteta has previously stated it could be as a centre-forward or a winger, while the 20-year-old himself has stated that he prefers coming in from the left.