According to Globo Esporte, Brazil manager, Tite, is planning on heading to the Emirates this weekend as he plans to scout Arsenal’s three Brazilian stars.
Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus will all be under the microscope at the weekend, and this news may well give all three players the impetus to put in strong performances against Fulham.
Indeed, just months out from the World Cup, this will be one of the final chances the South American stars get to impress Tite in the flesh, and they will be giving their all to show the 61-year-old what they’re all about.
Interestingly, all three of these players are in slightly different situations heading into the World Cup.
Having been capped 56 times by the age of 25, one would imagine that Gabriel Jesus’ place in Qatar is all-but secured, but the same can’t be said of Arsenal’s other Brazilian stars.
Indeed, while Gabriel Martinelli is a talented young star, he’s only got three Brazil caps to his name and is competing with the likes of Neymar and Vinicius Jr for a spot on the left wing.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Magalhaes is yet to be capped by Brazil, but, given A Selecao’s lack of depth at centre-half, he may fancy his chances of heading to the World Cup despite not receiving any international recognition to this point.
Unfortunately for the Samba stars, they don’t have the easiest of tests this weekend to strut their stuff as an unbeaten Fulham side head to the Emirates off the back of three very impressive performances against Liverpool, Wolves and Brentford.
Tite’s presence may well affect how these three play at the weekend and this is certainly a sub-plot to keep an eye on throughout the match.