Anthony Martial key for Arsenal showdown

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A superstar in the making or a flash in the pan? Anthony Martial's Manchester United career has begun, and don't we all know about it. 

Arriving on English soil at the beginning of last month, eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that the Red Devils could end up paying French outfit AS Monaco a mammoth £58 million for the services of an unknown teenager. One month later and those same eyebrows are firmly back in place. 

Martial has been rather exceptional in the last month or so; a debut goal against Liverpool will live long in the memory of the United faithful, but the impressive 19-year-old hasn't been surviving off that special moment. 


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Two crucial goals against Southampton followed in what has been a roller coaster period for the new boy in town. 

He's been praised far and wide over the course of the last few months, but France boss Didier Deschamps has rightly played the caution card when discussing the ventures of the versatille forward.


Speaking to a press conference, as reported by the Daily Mail, Deschamps stated: "The potential was there but there were a lot of people who were surprised that he's been so effective.

"But he has that quality and he's surrounded by good players.

"It's good for him because it's not easy with everything that was said and written about him.

"In terms of potential, he has everything. He's young so he might have some more difficult periods later. But he's capable of doing some very good things.

"He did so at Monaco and now he's doing it at another level with Manchester United so it takes on even more significance. The quality of the player is there anyway."

Arsenal showdown 

There will be ups and downs along the way, of course, but this weekend's fixture shouldn't bother the Red Devils' latest recruit. By all accounts, United's Premier League showdown against Arsenal should prove the ideal game for Martial to continue to live up to the excessive hype surrounding him. 

Arsenal are vulnerable right now and Martial has the ability to hurt them. There appears to be growing pressure on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger, who saw his side beaten on home soil at the hands of Greek outfit Olympiacos on Tuesday. 

Perhaps, then, it will be Wenger's compatriot who will inject further pain around the Emirates on Sunday. Martial proved too much to handle as the Gunners crashed out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 last season. 

The striker may well be raw, but he will not shy away as Louis van Gaal's side go in search of cementing their place at the top of England's elite division. With creativity, skill and an eye for goal, the former Monaco man is only going to go from strength-to-strength over the coming years. 

Per Mertesacker and Co. will have to be at their very best to stop the teenager having his say on proceedings. With No.1 centre-back Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines, Wenger will have to come up with an inspired plan to stop Martial stealing the show. 

Gunners fans may well be having sleepless nights over the prospect of Martial running directly at Mertesacker, though. The German international has the experience, of course, but he's going to need more than that to deal with this special talent. Martial is by no means the finished article, but we could see him on the back pages once again on Monday morning. 

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