Gabriel Jesus has been one of Arsenal’s best players in the opening stages of the Premier League season, yet he was overlooked for a spot in the Brazilian national side for their September friendlies.
The 25-year-old has been left out of the Brazil squad for their upcoming fixtures against Ghana and Tunisia in what was a shock to many.
After swapping Manchester for north London in the summer, Jesus has been scintillating for Mikel Arteta’s side, leading by example on the pitch. The Brazilian has transformed Arsenal’s attack and through seven Premier League games, Jesus has registered seven goal contributions (4G 3A).
Gabriel Jesus respects Tite’s decision over Brazil squad omission
Jesus spoke with ESPN Brasil and said that he respects Tite’s decision before adding that the only thing he can control are his performances on the pitch.
“There was (contact), after the call-up, yes. I respect the coach’s decision a lot, I respect Tite, the entire staff.
“As I said, I’m Brazilian, I’ll always root for the team. And I also respect the other players, who have a lot of quality. I’ll keep doing my best to have the opportunity again.
“What is in my control is my performance. I will always try to give my best, finish the plays. Today I had some chances that I could also improve a little more, I know. I’ve been training, trying to do my best.”
Seen as the player to give Arsenal an extra edge in the final third, the addition of Jesus has had incredible effects. It seems to have lit a fire in fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, who, like his countryman, has started the season superbly.
The other player impacted has been Bukayo Saka. With Jesus’ arrival, the goalscoring and creative burden have been lifted significantly, so much so that by his own lofty standards set last year, Saka hasn’t delivered too much so far (he has still performed well). Yet, it has hardly been noticed, and the Gunners have not suffered from it.
Jesus will likely use his Brazil omission as motivation, and that can only be a good thing for Arsenal.