When he is fit, he is a nightmare for defenders to play against, but his form hasn’t always been great for his country. That’s why Neto has an issue with his selection.
Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus branded as ‘mediocre’
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is one of the best players in the Premier League.
The Brazilian can do it all. He scores goals, provides assists, links play up and works harder than most other forwards in the Premier League. The defensive side of his game is fantastic too.
Mikel Arteta absolutely loves Jesus for the above reasons, and perhaps Brazil boss Fernando Diniz is a huge admirer of those traits as well.
Jesus has been injured since Arsenal’s win over Sevilla in Spain last month. He hasn’t played a game since, but Diniz insisted on flying him over instead of allowing him to recover in North London.
Neto, who represented Brazil in past, is furious that the Arsenal man has been picked.
He said on Os Donos da Bola, as translated by Sport witness: “If the Brazilian national team belonged to the people, who would you call up in place of Gabriel Jesus, who isn’t even included in the Arsenal squad?
Jesus will be back from his injury soon
“Why is Gabriel Jesus with the national team? Because the national team belongs to the CBF. It’s not possible that a centre-forward who hasn’t scored a goal in two World Cups, I can’t belittle Gabriel Jesus, but as a national team player, he’s mediocre.
“He’s not a centre-forward. He’s not Careca, he’s not Ronaldo, Romário or Vavá. How can you call up a team that isn’t Brazilian, that belongs to the CBF? You call up an injured player. He doesn’t train. I saw it yesterday.”
Gabriel Jesus has missed the last six games for Arsenal and Brazil in all competitions due to the hamstring injury he picked up in Seville.