Arsenal fans have been discussing the notion of a William Saliba-Gabriel Magalhaes defensive partnership next season.
Reports from various sources (including France Bleu) have indicated that the Gunners are ready to make fight of things for Lille centre-back Gabriel.
Also in the hunt are Manchester United and Everton, but Arsenal may be hoping to take advantage of their good relationship with the club having negotiated for Nicolas Pepe last year. The clubs also did business years ago for the transfer of Gervinho.
Gabriel has emerged as a fantastic young defender in recent times, carving out a reputation for being a ball-player at the back.
It could be that he becomes the second defensive addition this summer, with Saliba finally joining up at London Colney after a deal was struck last year with Saint-Etienne.
Hopes are very high for the 19-year-old, who could only manage 17 appearances last term in an injury-hit campaign.
Perhaps he did not play as much as Arsenal would have liked, but fans are certainly delighted he is finally on the scene.
With the rumours floating about Gabriel, and Arsenal showing Saliba in action in training on their social media, fans couldn’t help but purr at the thought of the pair forming a partnership at the Emirates in 2020/21:
Gabriel Magalhães and William Saliba at the back next season 😍😍
Full BEAST MODE!!!! pic.twitter.com/dDMd7QCdcF
— abeiku🙈 (@__abeiks) August 4, 2020
William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhães will make mistakes, but their potential is scary. They represent the new generation of CBs. Great passers and rarely go to ground. Both extremely gifted physically, with very smart positioning. It would be a tremendous duo going forward.
— @gunnerscommunity (@gunnerscommuni2) August 5, 2020
Getting Gabriel into defence with Saliba 😭 lord when
— The Apprentice (@TheChosenOne95_) August 5, 2020
Gabriel x Saliba 😍🤞
— S1 AFC (@Arsenal_S1) August 5, 2020
Saliba and Gabriel https://t.co/6xW6ooCxVs
— GusAfc (@afc_gus) August 5, 2020
Saliba and Gabriel is so needed, that’s a pairing for a decade
— JG (@HighburyJoe) August 5, 2020
Gabriel and Saliba together next season ahh 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mACnxby7Sa
— Artenal 🦦 (@afcxman) August 4, 2020
I want center backs to be proper units. We’d finally have that with Saliba and Gabriel. Both massive.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) August 4, 2020