Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January departure means Arsenal are looking for a man to lead the line.
The Gunners were actively searching for a new striker in January but failed in their attempts to sign Dusan Vlahovic among other reported targets.
That means Mikel Arteta will have to work with what he has and Gabriel Martinelli could be the one to step up.
Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash at Wolves on Thursday, we look at the case for the young Brazilian becoming their new star goalscorer.
With Aubameyang absent from matchday squads since the start of December due to a disciplinary breach, Arsenal have had plenty of time to prepare for life without him.
The Gabon striker now finds himself at Barcelona after securing a deadline day move.
Alexandre Lacazette has been the most regular choice up front since then and after a flurry of five goal involvements in the month of December, the Frenchman has struggled since.
The Gunners’ last win came on Boxing Day and in the five games in all competitions since then, their No9 is goalless and the team have managed just one overall.
Creating 7.2 chances per game as a team, the opportunities have not been in short supply but Lacazette has squandered the two big chances put in front of him — landing him with a shooting accuracy of 14.29%.
With Lacazette and back-up No 9 Eddie Nketiah misfiring, coupled with their respective contracts expiring this summer, the Emirates hierarchy will be looking ahead to who their next goal-getter will be.
And while the search for a new striker looks set to resume in the summer, Arteta may have the answer to his problem right in front of him.
Martinelli — who has most often been deployed on the left wing during his time in England — could have all the necessary attributes to play the leading role.
That is certainly the opinion of former midfielder Paul Merson, who has waxed lyrical about the 20-year-old.
He said: “I would give Gabriel Martinelli a go up front. You can’t rely on Alexandre Lacazette to get you goals. I would play Martinelli there.
“Take a chance on him. He’s very lively. Very quick. Defenders don’t like that. If he gets away from you, he’s in. He’s bright and he’s a good finisher.
“He could be the superstar Arsenal are waiting for, and they play through the lines, they play delicate little balls that he thrives on. Give him a go.”
Later adding that he thinks Arsenal’s inability to sign a striker will not dent their top-four hopes, it is clear Merson sees the Brazilian star as someone that can be trusted to score goals.