Friday, June 14, 2024

Martinelli & Big Gabi earn Copa America nods but Brazil turn back on Jesus

Brazil have selected Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes for their upcoming Copa America campaign in the United States.

The nine-time winners have been drawn against Colombia, Paraguay and Costa Rice in Group D and will kick-off against the latter at KSE’s SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on 24 June.

Should the Seleção progress to the final, which they’ve done on 7 of the last 11 occasions, the Arsenal duo will be kept busy until mid-July. They will then be granted three weeks off, so there’s a chance they won’t be involved in pre-season training until very late.

This will be the second major tournament for Martinelli, who was previously selected for the World Cup, and a first for ‘Big’ Gabi.

For the moment (changes can be made until June), Gabriel Jesus has not been selected. While he’ll no doubt be disappointed by that, it’s possible a conversation has already been had about his availability.

The player has hinted that he may need to undergo a procedure on his dicky knee as he continues to struggle with the fallout of the injury sustained in Qatar.

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Femi

I guess the first choice Brazilian striker is not the last choice. The first shall be last…congrats to big Gabi

Henkamp

Good for Martinelli. Thought his form for us this season would work against him.

Hope Big Gabi has a GREAT tournament. The disrespect I see from many Brazilians for him is baffling, to say the least!

Starteta

Reason?

Henkamp

Can’t exactly say why. But someone hinted that it’s because he didn’t play for or come from any of the academies of the big clubs in Brazil.

Then I also think the fact he was absent from the last internationals got seen as “putting club first over country”, especially because of the narrative peddled by the media. I have seen too many distasteful posts about him from Brazilians, it’s really weird

Zet

Think he did not dye his hair to match Neymar. I am glad he did not. Doesn’t need to suck up to that guy.

Ebo

Didn’t he even say that he might have to prioritise Arsenal over his national team this summer and do the surgery then? Seems harsh to suggest in that case they turned his back on him, maybe they’ve just been informed about it?

Maybe one day both Arsenal and Brazil can have their own personal Jesus.

Norwegian Wood

It’s Allensport. He tends to be sensational with his writing.

Arsene's Coat

No 1st choice striker Richarlison eh? The unlikable pricks’s post NLD tweet doesn’t seem to have aged well.

Starteta

No pigeon dance this time.

Saps

He’s injured. Calf.

ScotchEggsRule

Does having a face like a small bird count as an injury?

TTgunner

Perma injured in the head….
Has a mug like ‘Millhouse’ from the Simpsons

BooomerGoooner

Jeez, really? That headline? “turns back on Jesus”? GJ already said he’d be having surgery once the season finished. Why have to go AFTV on us?

Cliff Bastin

Ok boomer

Dr. Gooner

This will be really good for Martinelli. I’m happy for him and a little surprised he got in. He needs to refresh and rebuild himself and a little time away from London will do him good.

David C

I don’t like the player but Richarlison has an insane goals record for Brazil lately. Surprised he wasn’t selected. I guess it is the way of the Tottenham.

Best of luck to our Gabis

ScotchEggsRule

Richarlison has an injury. A serious case of ‘douchebagitis’, which rules him out of most big games.

TeeCee

Can’t compete in big games? Richarlison is just cut out for sp*rs, isn’t he?

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