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'He picked up an injury': Arteta says Arsenal 'leader' could miss Brentford game, just like Partey

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed yesterday that Gabriel Magalhaes is yet to recover from his injury and he’s unlikely to be fit for our opening Premier League game against Brentford.

Everything was going to plan for Arsenal until we invited Chelsea to kick us all over the Emirates yesterday. A shocking challenge on Thomas Partey forced the midfielder to limp off the pitch and he’s now a big doubt for our first game.

The Ghanaian’s absence is a massive blow for us. He has been outstanding in pre-season so far, but a potential long-term injury could seriously hamper his dreams of having a successful campaign at Arsenal.

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To make things worse, Gabriel – who picked up an injury on international duty – has still not recovered. Arteta confirmed yesterday that he is unlikely to be fit for our game against Brentford.

Arteta: Gabriel Magalhaes is yet to recover from his injury

He said, as per Arsenal.com: “We don’t know [whether he will be available for Brentford].

“He’s still injured. He picked up an injury while he was doing the preparation for the Olympics with Brazil and at the moment he’s not been able to train with us.

“That [game against Brentford] seems unlikely at the moment but hopefully, he can recover quickly.”

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Big season for Gabriel

The Brazilian joined Arsenal last summer and became an instant fan favourite. He hit the ground running and was absolutely outstanding for us in most games. However, illness during the festive period cost him his place in the side, and his confidence took a big hit.

However, Gabriel, labelled as a ‘leader’ by Jamie Redknapp, is still a phenomenal defender. He is everything we need at the back, and when he’s fully fit and in form, there aren’t many defenders in the Premier League better than him.

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The injury really is a blow for Gabriel. It cost him a chance to represent his country at the Olympics, and it looks like it will cost him a chance to start the opening game of the new season for Arsenal. Hopefully, he’ll be available after that.

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