Gabriel Magalhaes is turning into the leader Arsenal have been crying out for
Arsenal’s season is belatedly getting underway.
After losing there three openers, Mikel Arteta has now secured back-to-back 1-0 wins.
It will come as no coincidence that these wins have come as Gabriel Magalhaes has returned to the side.
The Brazilian defender is simply incredible.
At the age of just 23-years-old he already looks like the leader that the Gunners have long been crying out for.
Alongside Ben White at the heart of Arteta’s defence, Gabriel has got everything.
He dealt with Burnley in emphatic fashion on Saturday.
Travelling to Turf Moor and facing off against Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes is not easy.
Gabriel handled it with class and lead by example on the day, though.
His first season at the club was a tough one.
After a strong start to the campaign the Brazilian contracted Covid-19 and wasn’t the same in the second half of the year.
This time around, though, he’s come flying out of the traps.
After the win over Burnley Arteta heaped praise on his star defender.
He described Gabriel as ‘terrific’ whilst also stating (via the Daily Mail):
“He is stepping in, his language is much better and he can coach and communicate much better with his team-mates.”
It’s hard to argue with Arteta.
Gabriel is becoming a figure at Arsenal who can command the rest of his defence and communicate clearly.
Next up for the Gunners in the Premier League is a home game vs Spurs.
That game could be the perfect stage for which Gabriel can star.
If he can dominate Harry Kane in the same way that he dealt with Burnley’s strike partnership then the Gunners will have a great chance of winning.
Consistency is certainly the next step for Gabriel.
He needs to make these performances a weekly occurrence, something which if he can achieve will make him a hero at the Emirates.
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