Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that Gabriel Magalhaes is close to returning from injury after missing each of our first three games of the new season.
The defender picked up a knee problem while away on international duty with Brazil. He missed the Selecao’s fantastic Olympic campaign as a result, which really is a shame as he could’ve had a gold medal around his neck now.
Gabriel is working very hard to get himself back fit for Arsenal. Our medical staff haven’t really revealed an exact date of return, but if Arteta’s comments are anything to go by, the former Lille man has a small chance of playing a part against Manchester City tomorrow.
Arteta was asked about Gabriel’s injury and the Arsenal manager said, as per the club’s official website: “He’s getting closer.
“He had a couple of sessions with the team, but we don’t know (if he will be ready to play against Manchester City). Let’s see tomorrow how he is.”
Gabriel Magalhaes’ return is a huge boost for Arteta
Injuries and illnesses have really hurt Arsenal early in the season. We brought in Ben White for big money this summer, but the Englishman, sadly, tested positive for the virus and has missed our last two games.
Pablo Mari has started at left centre-back in both of our league games and the Spaniard has struggled. Our opponents have taken advantage of his lack of pace and that has cost Arsenal.
Gabriel is the solution to that problem. The Brazilian is much quicker than Mari, is a lot more aggressive and if he can find the same form he showed at the start of last season, he could make Arsenal’s defence really solid in the coming weeks.
There is no confirmation just yet that Gabriel will be back for the game tomorrow. However, if he passes the fitness tests to start, Arsenal’s chances of taking something away from the Etihad will increase considerably.