Brazil: Gabriel Jesus comes out of silence on his absence in selection

Despite his excellent start to the season with Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus was not called up by Tite for Brazil’s friendlies before the World Cup.

Jesus started the season strong, registering four goals and three assists in his first seven appearances for the Gunners.

“I respect Tite’s decision a lot”

However, despite his form, he was not included in Brazil’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia.

Jesus insisted he doesn’t hold a grudge against Titus, while promising to keep trying to push through his plans.

“I respect the coach’s decision a lot, I respect Tite, all the staff. As I said, I’m Brazilian, I will always support the team,” he told ESPN Brazil.

“And I also respect the other players, who have a lot of quality. I will continue to do my best to have the opportunity to play again.”

Strong competition in attack

Jesus is one of many attacking options Brazil have ahead of the World Cup. Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Pedro, the Flamengo striker, all capable of being at the forefront of the game, were retained in the group, at the expense of Jesus.

The former Manchester City player has 56 caps with the Sele├žao and scored 19 goals.

In the absence of international football, the 25-year-old is expected to be fully fit for Arsenal’s return to the North London derby against Tottenham on Saturday October 1.


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