Nottingham Forest entertain Arsenal at the City Ground in the Premier League on Tuesday night (19:30), with the Gunners looking to build on their 5-0 hammering of Crystal Palace last time out.
Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli came off the bench to score two goals in the space of as many minutes to wrap up the victory for his side. In one match, he doubled his tally for league goals this year and Arsenal fans hope that this will instil some much-needed confidence in his play to help him reach last year's performance levels.
Martinelli's stunning performances last year, alongside that of Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, were crucial in the Gunners' title challenge. Martinelli scored 15 goals in the league last year and he is currently three behind his total at this stage of last season.
Arsenal fans have been concerned with the drop-off in the wide man's form this season but are hoping that his late show against the Eagles can reinvigorate him. Both his goals were identical as he came in from the left side and opened his body to calmly slot the ball past Dean Henderson.
They were taken with composure and in the way of a prolific goalscorer. It would have been easy to forget that he had been struggling for goals this year. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and the fans will be itching to get him back out on the pitch against Forest as they look to capitalise on the euphoria that he experienced last time out.
Martinelli will see this weekend's clash with Nottingham Forest as a chance to build some momentum for himself, as well as his team in the title race. Unlike last year, he has not been a guaranteed starter and has been competing with Leandro Trossard for a spot on the left side of the attacking trident.
After Trossard scored the third goal against the Eagles, it appeared as though it was going to be difficult for Martinelli to depose him. But then his two late goals changed everything and have certainly given Arteta a lot to think about ahead of this clash - which he will find most welcome.
We reckon that the Brazilian will be favoured to start alongside Saka and Gabriel Jesus at the City Ground and we believe that this will also have a positive impact on his confidence. He will see this as another sign of faith from his manager in his abilities and this should spur him on against the Tricky Trees, who are still reeling from their 3-2 defeat to Brentford over a week ago.
In just over 20 minutes against Palace, Martinelli was able to get two chances at goal and he converted both of them. This sets him up nicely to return to the starting XI in midweek, and he will likely receive a few more chances against a side who are fighting for survival and that have conceded 38 goals already this term.
At 15/8, he is well worth a punt to score in back-to-back matches for the first time this campaign.
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