Arsenal hotshot Gabriel Martinelli hails Lacazette with Aubameyang frozen out

Gabriel Martinelli has heaped praise upon Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette after striking up a fruitful partnership with him over the last few weeks.

The Brazilian has come into the side after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's very public falling out with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

Aubameyang was stripped of the captain's armband and banished from the first team this week after falling foul of club rules by returning home late from a trip abroad.

The infraction was the Gabon international's third in the last year, and with Arteta clearly running short on patience, his future at the club is hanging by a thread.

Though when one door closes, another opens, and Martinelli has made the most of his first team opportunities since stepping in to replace Aubameyang – starting the club's last five matches.

The 20-year-old grabbed two goals during Arsenal's 4-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday and opened the scoring during his side's 2-0 win over West Ham United on Wednesday.

While Lacazette enjoyed a well-documented connection on and off the field with Aubameyang, Martinelli has hinted his partnership with the Frenchman could be just as productive.

"[Lacazette] always attracted the centre-back and I had the chance to go in behind," he said.

"We’re doing well."

Arteta was also full of praise for his new striking duo, stressing how impressed he's been with Martinelli over the past few weeks.

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The youngster has scored 16 times in 62 games for the club since joining from Brazilian outfit Ituano in 2019.

Following a slow start to the season, Arsenal have been creeping up the table and now find themselves just five points behind Chelsea – though the Blues have a game in hand.

Three wins in their last three league outings has pushed the club firmly back into the race for a Champions League spot.

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