Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus do battle as Brazil icon praises derby rivals

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Iconic Brazil and Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos has stated “Brazil are well represented” in the north London derby.

Arsenal and Tottenham’s samba stars will do battle in the first north London derby at the Emirates this Premier League campaign on Saturday. Gunners trio Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Jesus, and Gabriel Martinelli will have to park their shared Brazilian heritage to overcome international team-mates Richarlison, Emerson Royal, and Lucas Moura.

It is being billed as one of the most well matched derbies in Premier League memory, as either side could very well go into the next game-week at the top of the table. And = legendary Real Madrid defender Carlos was left gushing at the talent his country will have on display in the north London derby.

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“I'm happy to see Gabriel Jesus playing at Arsenal and playing really, really well,” Carlos said at the Premier of ‘Brazil 2002: The Real Story’. “Richarlison at Tottenham is also playing really, really well.

“It's difficult to say. It's difficult for Richarlison to play because Kane is Kane.

“Martinelli is very consistent, as well. Brazil is being very well represented.” Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison will both be competing in their first north London derbies.

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Richarlison moved to the Emirates from Manchester City in a £45million deal this summer, after five trophy laden years under Pep Guardiola. He has hit the ground running for the Gunners, contributing four goals and three assists in his first seven Premier League matches.

Meanwhile Richarlison has had to be a lot more patient for opportunities under Antonio Conte at Tottenham. The striker was one of Tottenham’s marquee signings, arriving from Everton in a staggering £60m deal.

While he has had to content himself with playing second fiddle behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, he has still managed to garner the praise of his manager, Tottenham fans, and, perhaps crucially, Brazil manager Tite. With Qatar only around the corner, the north London derby could possibly have a huge say in who will lead Brazil’s frontline.

Roberto Carlos and Gilberto Silva were speaking at the premier of 'Brazil 2002: The Real Story' a documentary produced by Entourage Sport & Entertainment and Collective Media, available on Sky Documentaries from the 13 November


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