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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.

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“He’s getting closer,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference. “He’s had a couple of sessions with the team.

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“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:

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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