Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli was snubbed as an option from the bench for Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final clash against Croatia. It came as the Selecao struggled to break down their opponents on the evening, being forced to take it to extra-time with a goalless game after 90 minutes.
Despite making a handful of switches, Martinelli was still looked over as Neymar Jr stayed on the pitch after a disappointing performance. It only took the Paris Saint-Germain star one opportunity to make it count though as in extra-time he had a little give-and-go to find himself through on goal.
The forward rounded Dominik Livakovic to slide the ball home and give his nation the lead in a huge goal in the context of the tournament. Brazil weren’t able to see that threat out though as a counterattack saw them picked off through Bruno Petkovic’s late strike.
Given the fact the side couldn’t get the job done before heading out on penalties, Arsenal fans have spoken out on the decision to snub Martinelli. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the decision.
@FunnyGooner: “That’s what you get for not playing Martinelli and not acquiring Arsenal support.”
@dylanwalsh_: “I know Brazil’s attacking options are borderline illegal but I can’t believe Martinelli hasn’t come on for this match. Perfect forward for these type of stubborn defences.”
@BieIik: “Martinelli isn’t on but he can’t be blamed for a potential shootout miss.”
@aviv_lavi: “This is what happens when you don’t play Martinelli…”