Gabriel Martinelli has been rewarded for his good form at Arsenal with a call-up to represent Brazil’s under-23s as they prepare for an upcoming Olympic qualification campaign.
André Jardine’s young charges are set to take part in a tournament in Tenerife during the Interlull against Argentina, Chile and the United States.
Should the 18-year-old Gunner impress there’s a fairly high chance he’ll be included in his country’s squad for the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament in Colombia which runs from 18 January to 9 February.
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The qualification tournament is making a return after 16 years with the top two sides set to represent South America at the Olympics in Japan.
In light of the youngster’s form, and the fact we don’t have many other attacking options, a call-up in January could cause Unai Emery a bit of a headache at a time when the fixtures come thick and fast. By our estimates, Martinelli could miss six games if Brazil goes all the way in Colombia.
The Olympic football tournament will run from 22 July to 8 August next summer which would also rule the 18-year-old out of much of next summer’s pre-season preparations.