Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli’s Brazil World Cup selection slammed as ‘shame’ and ‘calamity’ by furious Neto

The two Gunners stars have been included in Tite’s latest 26-man Selecao squad for the inaugural winter tournament which kicks off in Qatar next week, although club-mate Gabriel has been omitted from the traveling party.

Although 56-capped Jesus was always expected to book a seat on the plane, Martinelli’s selection came as a surprise despite his excellent performance for Premier League leaders Arsenal so far this season, with the Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino among those surprisingly snubbed amidst World Cup favorites Brazil’s embarrassment over attacking riches.

While the 21-year-old has only three senior caps to his name so far, he has been one of Arsenal’s frontrunners under Mikel Arteta, playing a key role in their transformation into true challengers to the title and described as “one of their highlights” of Titus.

But that’s not enough for Neto, who insists no one in Brazil even knows who Martinelli is, as he instead pleaded for the inclusion of in-form Flamengo striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.

On the plane: Arsenal Gabriels Jesus and Martinelli were both part of Brazil’s last World Cup squad

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“It’s a shame, a joke! I’m ashamed! Not because of the story of Dani Alves,” he said. “What’s Martinelli’s story? 33 career goals. It’s a disgrace, disrespect for football. Doing that with football shows you don’t deserve the position you’re in. Call Martinelli and not calling Gabigol is disrespectful. The biggest shame of all summons.

“No one knows who he is. Calling Martinelli shows that you, Tite, shouldn’t be in the position you’re in, because you’re not fair to Gabigol. The guy who scores five goals in the season, who walks around in the mall here, nobody knows who he is… And without taking Gabigol, the guy who scored the Libertadores title, who scored 29 goals in the season What has Martinelli done in European football? isn’t even in the Champions League. It’s a calamity!”

Jesus hasn’t been a surprising choice for Brazil, having been a regular starter in qualifying and scoring 19 goals in 56 appearances for his country so far.

However, a furious Neto pointed to his recent goalscoring drought for club and country as proof why he shouldn’t have made the final cut either.

“How many goals has Gabriel Jesus scored in these last games? Oh, none,” he said. “In the World Cup? Zero. In qualifying? Zero. He hasn’t scored in eight games.”


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