We’re not going to lie, we assumed Gabriel Martinelli was heading to the Tokyo Olympics when he was called up by Brazil’s under-23s in May.
As it turns out, our striker hasn’t made the final cut although, at this point, it’s not clear why.
Gabriel Magalhães in Brazil's squad for the Olympics. No room for Gabriel Martinelli however.
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) June 17, 2021
There are a number of possible reasons for his exclusion. He might have picked up an injury, his form in recent friendlies might not have been up to scratch or, as @Stillberto speculates, Mikel Arteta, who will lose Gabriel Magalhaes to the tournament, might have put his foot down and decided Arsenal need the youngster to undergo a full pre-season before an important season.
As this isn’t a FIFA backed tournament, we’re under no obligation to release the player.
As soon as we find out the actual reason for Martinelli’s exclusion we’ll be sure to relay it.
The tournament is due to kick off on 22 July – the day before the Games’ opening ceremony – and will run until 7 August.