Arsenal fans react to Gabriel Magalhaes' Under-23s Friday display
Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes stepped up his injury recovery with 45 minutes for the Gunners‘ Under-23s on Friday.
The 23-year-old has been recovering from a knee injury, which caused him to miss the Olympics with Brazil as well as Arsenal’s pre-season.
However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was able to provide a positive update about Gabriel on Thursday.
“He’s getting closer,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference. “He’s had a couple of sessions with the team.
“But we don’t know – let’s see tomorrow how he is.”
As it turned out, Gabriel was in line to feature for Arsenal’s U23s against Spurs in Premier League 2 action.
Indeed, Kevin Betsy not only named the £23.1million man in his starting XI but made him captain.
Gabriel put in a solid display and got 45 minutes under his belt before coming off, seemingly a planned substitution.
The Gunners didn’t concede while he was on the pitch either.
Here is what some Arsenal fans were saying about Gabriel on Twitter:
Good defending from Gabriel there— Finn (@Finn_AFC) August 27, 2021
Came off at HT. Was solid in the first half— Adam (@AFC_Adam7) August 27, 2021
Yep, Kirk is on for the second half. Gabriel did well, definitely seemed pleased at half-time so seems like everything is good fitness-wise.— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) August 27, 2021
Looked good out there, hope he adapts back to men’s football just as well. Would be great to have him and Partey back after the break— FzAFC (@FZAFC83) August 27, 2021
Looked sharp— J2Hard™️ (@jayxr99) August 27, 2021
Been solid tbf. Seems like he won’t play second half though. Had his jersey off and was high fiving coaches at HT— Adam (@AFC_Adam7) August 27, 2021
Decent game for Gabriel, v physical game— Rithik (@AFCRithik) August 27, 2021
Arsenal fell behind on 50 minutes as Alfie Devine put Tottenham in front.
However, Kido Taylor-Hart – a player tipped for great things – turned the game around with a brace.
And Omari Hutchinson, another incredibly talented youngster, provided both of the assists.
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