Pundit: This may be real reason Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus axed
Frank McAvennie has claimed Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus was left out of the Brazil squad for upcoming friendlies in order for manager Tite to try out other players.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said the Brazil boss will know what Jesus is capable of and doesn’t need to force him to play extra games.
As revealed by Sky Sports (9 September), Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes have been left out of the national squad for their upcoming matches against Ghana and Tunisia.
Tite has included Flamengo striker Pedro instead of Jesus.
Jesus was a regular in the squad when at Man City.
When asked why Jesus has been left out of the national squad for the upcoming fixtures, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think the manager might just want to try other people because it’s not off current form.
“He knows what Jesus can do, I think that’s what it’ll be. He knows that he’s playing every week now, two games a week minimum. I think he’ll have spoken to the manager.
“They know what he can do but from now until the World Cup they’ve got sometimes three games a week. It’s not big, important games so they don’t need him. If they were playing Uruguay or Argentina or someone I think he would’ve been there but friendlies are when you should play fringe players and give Jesus a rest because he’s a talent.“
Jesus has featured in seven games for the Gunners so far this season.
The 25-year-old has scored three goals and provided three assists for Arteta’s side.