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Confident Martinelli dismisses Brazil doubters at World Cup

Gabriel Martinelli insisted on Sunday that he deserves his surprise call-up to Brazil’s World Cup squad despite many doubters back home. The 21-year-old Arsenal star…

Gabriel Martinelli insisted on Sunday that he deserves his surprise call-up to Brazil’s World Cup squad despite many doubters back home.

The 21-year-old Arsenal star only made his debut for the South American giants as a substitute against Chile in March but he impressed coach Tite in two more short cameos since to make the tournament squad ahead of the likes of Liverpool’s Robert Firmino.

While that would not have been a surprise to Gunners fans that have marvelled at his early season form – five goals and two assists in 14 Premier League matches – it took many aback in his homeland.