Arsenal strike gold at last with Gabriel Magalhaes after defender delivered a towering performance and debut goal against Fulham
- Gabriel Magalhaes had not played for six months before making his Arsenal bow
- There were no signs of rust with the defender delivering a superb performance
- Gabriel even scored on his debut as Arsenal brushed aside Fulham on Saturday
Headlines signalling Arsenal signing overseas centre backs normally send shivers down the spine of the club’s long-suffering fans but the Gunners may well have struck gold with Gabriel.
The 22-year-old Brazilian – full name Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes – had not played for six months before making his Premier League debut.
But there were no signs of rust with him scoring a goal and delivering a towering performance at the heart of Mikel Arteta’s back three.
Arsenal may have struck gold after debutant Gabriel Magalhaes impressed against Fulham
‘Gabriel has come in, the system has changed and they look comfortable,’ said another classy central defender, Rio Ferdinand, on BT Sport.
‘He can only be confident from this.’
Gabriel has been highly rated since making his debut in Brazil’s Serie B with Avai as a 16-year-old – well, maybe not by everyone.
The one notable manager who didn’t fancy him is current Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa who, when at Lille, sent Gabriel out on loan to rival French club Troyes.
The 22-year-old defender netted in the win at Fulham and delivered a towering performance