Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli. Aged 23, 20, 21, and 20 respectively.
It’s been ages since Arsenal had such a compelling set of youngsters leaving their marks on the first team as regular starters.
But the structure, formation, and current idea of the team’s manager make it that the presence of the four of them at the same time in the field is almost impossible.
Out of the ‘Fab four’, Martin Odegaard seems the most fundamental piece in the team’s functioning. His ability to drop deep and dictate the play from the back has made the construction of plays feel smoother and much more fluid.
Taking central defenders out of the equation, he’s the second-highest player with the most passes completed this season (755) only behind Tomas Partey (779). The highest contributor to shots, having delivered 40 key passes (passes that directly lead to a shot) and the player who has completed the most passes into the 18-yard box (39).
Plus, he has shown leadership skills inside but outside of the pitch as well that have surprised in the dressing room and Mikel Arteta has even publicly shared his appreciation towards the Norwegian player. He has described him as being captain material, meaning that we could soon see him wearing the captain’s armband on the field. In short, Odegaard seems a permanent choice in the team.
The next on the pecking order of the ‘Fab four’ is without a doubt Bukayo Saka. The Englishman is cementing himself as one of the most promising talents in the Premier League.
You hear much talk about Saka and the reason is that he plays almost like a mature player that has great decision-making and commits very few mistakes. His numbers are mesmerizing for a player of his age. Saka leads the expected assists numbers in the team with 4.2, the second-highest number of passes into the 18-yard box with 25, the second-highest number of key passes with 39, and the fourth player in the squad with the most minutes on the field, only behind goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and centre backs White and Gabriel.
He leads the team’s goal contributions with 7 goals and 4 assists, alongside Emile Smith Rowe who’s the team’s top scorer with 9 goals and 2 assists in the Premier League.
When combining the two players attacking numbers, you get 22 goals in the Premier League and ‘Gunners’ can feel deeply proud when comparing these numbers to other star duos in the Premier League. The likes of Sterling and De Bruyne have 23 goal contributions this season. Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo duo amount to 27 goal contributions and Spurs’ Kane and Son have 26 goal contributions.
The great qualities of ESR as a midfield player that can add serious goal threat in front of goalkeepers is a huge advantage when the forward of the team has been through a certain goal drought as in the case of Lacazette.
And Martinelli had recently taken the attacking left position that ESR covered the first part of the season. Martinelli being out in this period due to an injury returned to the starting 11 because of an ESR injury as well.
Martinelli is still the 13th man with the most minutes because of his initial absence but the mark he left while on the pitch is why Arteta faces today a tough choice for the rest of the season. The Brazilian has scored 4 goals and punctuates the second-highest goals per 90 minutes of the team with 0.36 (behind ESR with 0.59 goals per 90 minutes). The fighting spirit, relentless efforts, and unrivaled speed have also become essential for Arsenal. And Martinelli made a major claim that currently will be the best in the future.
A possible turning point in the team could be the inclusion of either Martinelli or Smith Rowe in the forward position, replacing Lacazette in the starting eleven. But this idea still seems far as the team can greatly benefit from a rotation of these players, including the likes of Nicolas Pepe in the mix as well, providing enough depth to fight for the top 4 and make a glorious return to Champions League football.
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So, what do you think? Will the Fab Four take us back to the Champions League?