Thursday, April 25, 2024

Gabriel Magalhaes withdraws from Brazil squad

Gabriel Magalhaes has withdrawn from Brazil’s squad to face England and Spain due to injury.

The specifics of the issue – thought to be foot-related – are unclear but we hope it’s a precaution on Arsenal’s part with one eye on the clash with Manchester City at the end of the month.

The centre-back joins Gabriel Martinelli in sitting out the Interlull after the winger suffered a deep cut that has ruled him out of the Gunners’ last two matches.

Following the departure of Fernando Diniz in January, the upcoming friendlies represent a first chance for new coach Dorival Junior to run the rule over a squad who have lots to do if they are to secure automatic qualification for the 2026 World Cup in the USA.

Despite a raft of injuries, Gabriel Jesus was not selected by Brazil. Given his recent knee trouble, it’s possible we proactively asked that he be excluded. He did train today at London Colney. 

Judging by the fact that Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey were not selected by Japan and Ghana respectively, it looks like Edu may have spent last week making a series of apologetic phone calls. Maybe we can send them fruit baskets or something to make up for it.

Arsenal have 12 players on international duty:

Oleksandr Zinchenko | Ukraine
Jakub Kiwior | Poland
Karl Hein | Estonia
Aaron Ramsdale | England
Bukayo Saka | England
Declan Rice | England
William Saliba | France
Kai Havertz | Germany
Leandro Trossard | Belgium
David Raya | Spain
Jorginho | Italy
Martin Odegaard | Norway

And 13 first team squad members at home:

Ben White
Gabriel Magalhaes
Gabriel Martinelli
Jurrien Timber
Cedric Soares
Takehiro Tomiyasu
Thomas Partey
Emile Smith Rowe
Fabio Vieira
Mo Elneny
Eddie Nketiah
Reiss Nelson
Gabriel Jesus

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Good news, we hope, so long as he is fit and well to play City and the rest of the season!


And the others away on international duty also come through it safely…


Yep and looks like a smart move to stop Kane injuring him.

Johnny 4 Hats

It’s so clear that our players are far more invested in the Arsenal than their national teams.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt such unity and commitment in an Arsenal squad before.

Arteta truly is a master brainwasher on Obi Wan levels.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

The successful modern manager knows how to manage people and groups of people. They understand connections and the importance of maintaining and enhancing connections. If a team fights for one another because they care for one another, then this is a very powerful unit. Trying to make a bunch of millionaires care for one another is not easy on paper – but to a manager who understands the importance of interpersonal dynamics and coherence, it is second nature to create a feeling of togetherness. Arsenal have become very particular about the personality of players we recruit and retain – and… Read more »

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

To chuck a couple of examples in there – Xhaka was a very important member of the collective as he had very good interpersonal skills (you can assume this of any captain). I imagine MA was aware Xhaka would be leaving in the summer, so he recruited Jorginho in the January who would have six months to become that Xhaka like figure in the changing room. We give Mo Elneny new deals because he is worth his weight in changing room gold. We have a young squad and the old heads are the role models – so it is important… Read more »

Dr. Gooner

You are absolutely right. He built this culture from the ground up.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Guardiola doesn’t care about togetherness, he squeezes the good juice out of you and if you do not have enough of it, you are replaced. Is Pep a modern manager?


Pep is a money manager


Common. Pep is a genius. He has changed the game like no other, it’s clear as day he is the world’s finest.
However MA is a new generation, who knows what heights he can achieve. Sky is the limit for our Super Mik


Like no other? Are you 10 years?


Ha I should caveat that with current serving manager

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

That is one way to look at it I suppose. Does Mr Ruthless Pep appoint an unknown quantity in Mikel Arteta as his assistant manager if Mr Ruthless himself has no appreciation of togetherness?

Dr. Gooner

What makes you say he doesn’t care about togetherness? That seems like a strange statement.

Heavenly Chapecoense

My sources? Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samir Nasri, lol.

Norwegian Wood

I don’t think Gabriel is one to pass up on representing Brazil because he wants to be available for Arsenal. He has been desperate for a shot for a while now. He’s not passing up on friendlies against Spain and England if it’s not serious.

I hope I’m wrong and he is fit for the game against City.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

I’ll bet my middle nut that he’s available


I think it might be that they communicated with the Brazilian coach and found out that he isn’t likely to play anyway, given he rarely has there, and came to the decision together that it’s safer for him to be kept at the club where whatever it is he has is already being monitored

The Beast

Yeah, I can’t see Gabriel or any other Brazilian passing up on the chance to play for their national side without legitimate reasons. Especially with a new manager to impress.
The fact that it’s just a round of friendlies might’ve helped


that’s all very well and good until we need to sign a Hutt


Tomiyasu stays with us! Thought he was bound to get the call as soon as he got back in training.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

What struck me about seeing the list of those on international duty versus those at home, is that you could pick a highly competitive team from either of those lists (albeit one team would have to put Cedric Soares in goal – sorry Cedric – maybe suggest rush keepers?)
Rejoice, for the period of limited squad depth is behind us


Absolutely. I vaguely remember a few years ago when we had like five players or something absurd on international duty. Which speaks volume to the quality of the squad then. What a turnaround.


On if it is just a precaution rather than injury to worry about, Sami Mokbel has just reported is only a precaution.
(I know he writes for the Mail, 🤮 IMHO, but he seems to know his Arsenal stuff).


Don’t Ghana have 2 games next week?


Yes, and they are “just” friendlies.


Just friendlies. They might finally beat Uganda after a thousand attempts


Good for us if it is NOT serious. But it kinda works against him in the moment. He has not completely won the (ever passionate) Brazilian fans over. Given these were just friendlies without high stakes and combined with his current form, it was a great game to show them why he should be one of the first names on their team. So it’s bitter-sweet for me. Very happy though, that a lot of key players are under the watchful eyes of Mikel in the next couple of weeks. Especially since City already started doing what they do best (make… Read more »

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Or maybe he took a leaf out of Ben Whites’ book and thought, you know what, nah. Do I need it right now? Nah. Will I look back on it and regret it? Nah. Shall I just do what I feel like doing instead? Yah.

Heavenly Chapecoense

About Benny Blanco: “Will I look back on it and regret it?” Nah Maybe.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Ben white has made his decision and we should respect it. My point to the OP was that their opinion is irrelevant.


In order to regret sitting on a bench, watching Harry Maguire drop terrible performance after terrible performance, you’d have to have a low regret threshold.

The Beast

Nothing wrong with us wanting the best for the Arsenal but it’s a bit weird projecting our feelings on the players isn’t it?

In all likelihood Gabriel definitely wants to play for his country, the most well known national side on the planet.


I think winning a league title or a champions league is likely to be more compelling than a couple of friendlies even for the Brazilian fans. Then again, I remember being there for the 2014 world cup and Oscar rivalled Neymar for poster boy status, before subsequently disappearing off the face of the earth. So perhaps club form is irrelevant to them.


Oscar, huh. I remember there was a thing like that, but I’ll be damned if I remember what he looked or played like. Only things I remember from 2014 is that 7-1 drubbing, then a very miserable looking Messi, a very happy looking Mertesacker coming in for a very happy looking (by his standards) Özil, and Mats Hummels being effortlessly dreamy. The rest is a blur.

A Different George

Surely you remember how David Luiz looked that day.


Glad none of the Brazilians are going away on international duty, but do worry about both Gabriel M’s being in good health for City. Just hope the rest come back unscathed.


Barbecue at Edu’s. Bring along Fabio, maybe he can add a few pounds, we’ll need him for the run in.

Marve Lunde

In football chatter, C.B. kicks off the scene, Concern for the hamster, fit and keen. While others ponder unity’s grace, And whether Kane’s move was a wise embrace. Cannon and Ball, they understand, The hamster’s welfare, it’s all planned. With nods to Xhaka and Elneny’s hold, In the changing room, their value’s bold. Norwegian Wood, with a wary eye, Checks Gabriel’s plight as the days fly by. For in this world of football delight, The hamster’s health remains in sight. Through banter and debate, they convey, The hamster’s wellness, day by day. In this footballing world, both big and small,… Read more »


Don`t worry guys, we have Cedric.

Dr. Gooner

I looked at some metrics for defenders, specifically comparing our lads Saliba and Gabriel against some of the best in the division, notably Dias and Van Dijk. A few things stood out. One, van Dijk is just ridiculous. He launches twice as many long passes as most center backs and completed them at a 78% rate. Most normal players would be happy to hit 60% of their long passes accurately. He is also utterly dominant in the air, winning 80% of his duels and in high volume as well. Besides those mutant superpowers, he also literally just has no weakness.… Read more »


VVD ‘literally’ showed two weaknesses in the league game at the emirates imo

Eazy Deezy

Sounds like he’s fine – tweet from a daily mail reporter says he’s heard it’s just a precaution


A bit pointless at first, given Brazil are at Colney


That’s a big advantage not having some key defensive players exhausted from international duty

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