By Kevin Campbell

15th Sep, 2022 | 10:00am

Arsenal set to benefit from Gabriel Martinelli decision as 'hurt' revealed - Campbell

Kevin Campbell is delighted Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has not been selected to represent Brazil over the international break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said “it hurt” Mikel Arteta’s side when the 21-year-old returned from international duty “knackered” last season.

Martinelli has made an impressive start to the 2022-23 campaign.

As reported by The Athletic (13 September), the wide-forward has been left out of the Brazil squad for upcoming fixtures against Ghana and Tunisia.

Brazil manager Tite has also not selected Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Magalhaes for the international fixtures despite the fact Arsenal are top of the Premier League.

Martinelli was last capped by his country in June.

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When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the news, Campbell said: “I think Martinelli for me is certain to go to the World Cup, I really do.

“Look at the way he has started the season. Martinelli has really played his way into the reckoning. He is adding goals to his game.

“Tite knows what he has got in the locker.

“I am happy because he can put his feet up. He can rest up and not have to travel all of those miles to play in a couple of friendlies.

“At the back end of last season Martinelli would come back and he was knackered. It hurt us. I will not complain if they are resting up for the games that are ahead.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Gabriel Jesus will be ‘rubbing his hands together’ after ‘devastating’ Arsenal footage emerges.