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Gabriel Jesus missed out on a spot in Brazil’s latest squad (PA)

Arsenal trio Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes have all been dropped from Brazil’s new squad for the upcoming World Cup friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia this month.

All three Arsenal players were included in the Brazil squad for the friendlies against South Korea and Japan in June, although Gabriel Magalhaes did not play in either game with a hamstring injury and is yet to earn his first international cap.

Jesus and Martinelli have both had a superb start to the new Premier League season and have played key roles in Mikel Arteta’s side winning five of their six games so far.

However, they will not feature in Brazil’s games against Ghana and Tunisia during the forthcoming international break.

When asked about Jesus’ absence from the squad, Brazil head coach Tite said the decision allowed him to take a closer look at other players.

“Gabriel Jesus in particular is having a great time and is in the running. Absolutely yes,’ Tite said.

Gabriel Martinelli isn't in Brazil's latest squad but Manchester United winger Antony has made the cut

Gabriel Martinelli isn’t in Brazil’s latest squad, but Manchester United winger Antony has made the cut (Shutterstock)

“These callings serve as opportunities for others. As well as others related to this. In terms of the number of attackers. Football is creation and scoring and defensive solidity. If you run away from these traits, you lose.

“That balance point is very difficult in a team and we look for it. This number of attackers is not determined. The versatility of the athletes is an important part.”


BRAZIL’S SQUAD FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BREAK IN SEPTEMBER

GOALKEEPER

Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

DEFENDER

Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Seville), Danilo (Juventus), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Ibanez (Roma), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

MIDFIELDS

Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)

ATTACKS

Antony (Manchester United), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Flamengo striker Pedro, who is this season’s top scorer in the Copa Libertadores with 12 goals, has been included in the squad, while Juventus’s Gleison Bremer and Roma’s Roger Ibanez are newcomers.

Dani Alves, who has gastroenteritis, and Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho are both absent.

At the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November, Brazil is in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

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