Arsenal trio Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes left out of Brazil’s World Cup warm-up squad | Football news

Brazil coach Tite skipped Arsenal’s trio of Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes ahead of their World Cup warm-up friendly.

These three players have been a key part of Arsenal’s impressive start to the season, helping them rise to the top of the Premier League after six games.

But they will not play any role in Brazil’s pre-World Cup matches against Ghana and Tunisia in September.

Tite has brought in Flamengo striker Pedro, who is scoring the most in this season’s Copa Libertadores with 12 goals, as a new attacking option for Brazil instead of three-goal Jesus.

Brazil are also set to experiment with two new defenders called up for the first time, Juventus’ Gleison Bremer and Roma’s Roger Ibaez, with no room for Gabriel.

Brazil’s starting lineup:

  • Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
  • Defenders: Danilo, Alex Sandro, Gleison Bremer (all Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Roger Ibaez (Roma)
  • Midfielders: Casemiro, Fred (both Manchester United), Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paquet (West Ham), Bruno Guimares (Newcastle), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo)
  • Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo (both Real Madrid), Antony (Manchester United), Raphinha (Barcelona), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid), Pedro (Flamengo).

The other most notable absences from Brazil’s final list of friendlies before the World Cup squad was announced were defender Dani Alves and midfielder Philippe Coutinho while Martinelli, who had three goals won this season, also at home.

Liverpool’s Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have all been selected along with Manchester United midfielders Casemiro and Fred. There are also places for United’s £85m signing Antony and club-record purchase of West Ham’s Lucas Paquet.

Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva, Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimares and Tottenham’s Richarlison were also present.

Brazil are in Group G at the World Cup starting in November in Qatar alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

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