There’s more Olympic mayhem for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta to deal with as Gabriel Martinelli has now been called up to the Brazil squad for the Tokyo games.
The 19 year old had been initially left out of the final group, but in an announcement last night he – alongside Everton’s Richarlison – has been named.
Lista olímpica definitiva do Brasil, com 22 nomes. Richarlison, liberado pelo Everton, a grande novidade. pic.twitter.com/pHtjKX2TCP
— Leonardo Bertozzi (@lbertozzi) July 2, 2021
Brazil’s first game is on July 22nd against Germany, and the final, should they reach it, takes place on Saturday August 7th, just six days before the start of the new Premier League campaign.
It means Martinelli is going to miss pre-season, and will probably need some time when he does return to integrate into the squad fully. With early games against Chelsea and Man City, it could well be a delayed start to the new campaign for the exciting attacker.
The news comes after William Saliba apparently withdrew from the France squad this week, but as David Ornstein reported last night, it looks as if he is freeing himself to secure a season long loan move to Marseille.
🚨 Exclusive: Arsenal defender William Saliba looks set to join Marseille on loan. Not done but 20yo has picked #OM from many options & now clubs need to agree deal. #AFC want him to get full season playing — still part of long-term thinking @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/RemZlyyb5J
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 2, 2021