None of Arsenal’s Brazilian trio of Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Martinelli have been called up for the upcoming international break.
Brazilian head coach Tite named his squad for the September international break on Friday, and it was a surprise to see no Arsenal representatives among the squad of 26.
Gabriel Jesus has just been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month after a fantastic start to life with Arsenal, and it seemed inevitable he’d be involved with Brazil, yet he wasn’t called up.
Though Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli are still on the fringes of Tite’s squad, their early-season form was expected to see them involved over the September break as well. But once again, they’ve been excluded.
Quite why the Arsenal trio aren’t involved hasn’t been officially confirmed, but there are plenty of hints and theories.
Trusted journalist Bruno Andrade reports that Gabriel Magalhaes and Jesus will both be involved in the World Cup squad, but they’ve simply been left out to give other players a chance to impress.
In Gabriel’s case, he’s set to be the fourth-choice centre-back at the World Cup, but Gleison Bremer and Roger Ibranez will fight it out over this break for the fifth-choice spot.
As for Jesus, Tite has reportedly left the Arsenal man out so he can re-evaluate Antony and Roberto Firmino.
If that’s true, then there’s nothing to worry about for those two, as they’ll be back in the squad when it matters. But not everyone is reporting the same thing.
Tim Vickery suggests Jesus’ absence is bewildering, as the striker probably needs the confidence of a goal for Brazil. He adds that this break should have been Gabriel Magalhaes’ moment to debut, so his absence suggests he hasn’t convinced Tite.
But Tite himself appeared to imply that Jesus is still in his thinking for the World Cup.
“Gabriel Jesus is in great form and on a run, yes. Absolutely, yes,” Tite said. “This call-up served to give opportunities to others.
“I already have his portrait in the national team and in his club, and now I’m giving opportunities to others.”
For Arsenal fans, the lack of a call-up is probably a good thing. The trio will stay at home and rest, and if it helps to remotivate them to win their World Cup place in the coming months then that’s just another positive.