Jesus among three Arsenal stars left out of Brazil squad, Man United trio called

Arsenal fans have been rubbed their eyes when they learned that none of their Brazilian stars have been called up for their national team’s upcoming matches.

The South American giants are stepping up their preparations ahead of the Winter World Cup in Qatar by taking on Ghana and Tunisia later this month.

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Jesus has been brilliant since joining Arsenal in the summer

Martinelli also missed out on Brazil's senior squad

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Martinelli also missed out on Brazil’s senior squad

Mikel Arteta’s side top the Premier League after a wonderful start to the season.

But three of their biggest stars have been left out of the Brazil squad, despite being among the Gunners’ most successful.

They include first-team stars Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Magalhaes and most notably Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus has registered three goals and three assists in six Premier League appearances so far, making him one of the league’s top stars in the opening weeks of the season.

There is, however, room in the Selecao squad for Manchester United’s three Brazilian stars.

In addition to midfielder Fred, Erik ten Hag’s new signings, Casemiro and Antony, have both been called up to the squad for those fixtures.

New Man United signing Antony has been included for Brazil

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New Man United signing Antony has been included for Brazil

Just like Casemiro who arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid

Just like Casemiro who arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid

Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have also been included in the squad, as have Man City’s Ederson and Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva.

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimares and Tottenham’s Richarlison have also been called up, fresh off Spurs’ new ace marking his Champions League debut with a fine brace against Marseille.

These matches will be ideal preparation for Brazil’s World Cup campaign where they will line up in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

Brazil head coach Tite was asked about Jesus’ absence and explained why Arsenal’s new hero was left out of his squad.

“Gabriel Jesus, in particular, is having a good time and is in contention. Absolutely, yes,” Tite said.

Whatever the coach's reasons, Jesus will be disappointed to be left out of the Brazil squad with a World Cup on the horizon

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Whatever the coach’s reasons, Jesus will be disappointed to be left out of the Brazil squad with a World Cup on the horizon

“These orders serve as opportunities for others. As well as others in this same context. Regarding the number of attackers. Football is about creation and scoring, and defensive solidity. If you run away from these characteristics, you will lose.

“That balance point is very difficult in a team and we are looking for it. This number of attackers will not be determined. The versatility of the athletes is an important element.

News of Jesus’ omission will have stunned fans and pundits alike, including talkSPORT host Jamie O’Hara who has praised the former Man City striker in recent weeks following his meteoric departure to Arsenal .

“Arsenal look like Barcelona, ​​and Gabriel Jesus is a joy to watch,” the former Tottenham man said – through gritted teeth – on GameDay Phone-In after the Gunners’ 4-2 win over Leicester City last month.

Tottenham striker Richarlison has been called up by Brazil but his new north London rival Jesus has been left out

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Tottenham striker Richarlison has been called up by Brazil but his new north London rival Jesus has been left out

“He’s part of everything they do, his build game is good. You can stick it to him and he can hold it, he’ll drop balls, he works hard and defends for the team.

“He just has something special in and around the box. He’s got those quick feet, he’s got that sharp mind where you can see an opportunity.

“He’s the rookie of the summer, absolutely. And it pains me to say that being a Spurs fan but he’s absolutely brilliant. I love watching him play.”



Jesus among three Arsenal stars left out of Brazil squad, Man United trio called

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