Gabriel Martinelli could be out for four games due to international duty

Gabriel Martinelli named in Brazil pre-Olympic tournament squad, he is set to miss four games if he goes.

Brazil has just released the names of 23 players who will represent them at the pre-Olympic tournament that qualifies them for the Olympic games in Tokyo 2020.

One of the high-profile names on the list is Martinelli who has become more important to Arsenal as the season unfolds.

Martinelli is joined by another Premier League-based player in Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz and it would be interesting to see if their teams freely release them.

Martinelli is Arsenal’s second top scorer in all competitions after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he has been involved in the first team more under Freddie Ljungberg.

Speaking to the Brazilian media, Brazil’s under 23 coach admitted that both the clubs and players have to accept the invite before they will make the tournament squad because the competition is not being played on a FIFA official date.

The tournament qualifies South America’s representatives for the Olympics and it has been slated for the 18th of January through the 9th of February.

Arsenal would miss Martinelli should he be allowed to leave for the competition. If brazil reaches the final, Martinelli would miss Arsenal’s games against Sheffield United, Chelsea, Burnley and Newcastle at the turn of the New Year.

9 Comments

  1. Very sad. Arsenal need Martinelli more than Brazil. He will be a big miss if he is allowed to go.

  2. Vic says:

    No way martinelli is not going ….They should play with their Brazil based players….

  3. Best says:

    My favorite arsenal player. Mark my words, he will be the best EPL player in two years time

  4. McLovin says:

    The club can deny him entry, yes? At least in ice hockey the NHL teams can dictate whether a player can join or not international duty.

  5. ThirdManJW says:

    We’re going down then! He, Torreira, and Guendouzi are about the only players that show any fight, and work ethic.

  6. benex says:

    Pls Don’t let Gabby M. leave, Too important to leave right now, Only him and Geundouzi has been giving me a bit Joy over the past few weeks, The board shouldn’t allow him to leave.

  7. AY75 says:

    I actually feel he could benefit from the tournament, gaining more experience, working under a different coach along different teammates. A team actually willing to play football and win. Perhaps, by the time he returns, the new coach might have instilled such mentality in our team as well, and he’ll be the final piece of the solved jigsaw. I wish him luck… I wish us luck too… COYG

  8. arie82 says:

    I dont want him to go…
    But refuse calling of NT it seem wrong, so many players that dreaming calling to NT.

  9. Reggie says:

    Im afraid thats the life of a footballer, nothing we can do, except let him go and wish him luck.

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