Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli refuses to rule out switching


Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli refuses to rule out switching national team allegiance to Italy as the Brazilian admits ‘nothing has been decided’

  • Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli can play for either Brazil or Italy
  • While his ‘dream’ is to play for Brazil, Martinelli does have an Italian passport 
  • Italy manager Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out a call-up in the future  

Gabriel Martinelli has not ruled out playing for Italy in the future as the 18-year-old weighs up his international options. 

The Brazilian striker has an Italian passport, and whilst he admits it his ‘dream’ to represent Brazil, he is keeping his options open at the moment.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has not ruled out calling-up the Arsenal forward, and Martinelli told DAZN Brazil: ‘I am Brazilian and my dream, of course, is to play for Brazil.

Gabriel Martinelli has not yet chosen whether to represent Brazil or Italy at international level

Gabriel Martinelli has not yet chosen whether to represent Brazil or Italy at international level 

‘But I could also play for Italy and nothing has been decided. I haven’t received a call from Brazil yet.’ 

Martinelli has scored eight goals in 19 games across all competitions for the Gunners this season. 

His influence over the next three games could be all the more important, given star striker and captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is serving a three-match ban after his red card against Crystal Palace on Saturday.  





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