Gabriel Martinelli had an interesting afternoon, to say the least, as Arsenal kicked off the New Year with a defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
The Brazilian, who has been in excellent form since forcing his way into Mikel Arteta’s strongest starting lineup in recent weeks, was one of several Gunners players to catch the eye against the Premier League leaders on Saturday.
His direct running and pressing from the front kept Joao Cancelo, in particular, on his toes in the first-half and it also forced a few decent openings to get on the scoresheet.
A defensive mix-up involving Aymeric Laporte and Ederson resulted in the Spain international needing his blushes saved by a Nathan Ake goal-line clearance.
However, the ball dropped perfectly for Martinelli who somehow managed to hit the outside of the post with the goal at his mercy.
But others on Reddit and Twitter have come up with another theory for the miss.
All the chances mentioned fell on Martinelli’s supposed weaker left foot, prompting some supporters to point out where the 20-year-old must improve.
hippieintheward said: “Needed more composure in clutch situations, we won’t get plenty of chances against a quality team.”
violinriver said: “He’s 20 years old. Personally I’m giving him a pass and letting him develop. He knows better than anyone that he should have done better.”
@isAFCSanticaz said: “Martinelli start working double time on your left foot shooting and you may one day get a Ballon d’Or.”
@BloodBobAFC said: “Martinelli needs to work on his left foot ASAP.”
@DonYayaaa said: “You just know that Martinelli is gonna be practising his left foot finishes for 3 hrs a day from now on and become an absolute killer with both feet.”