Gabriel Magalheas was once again showcased series of impressive display in Saturday’s Arsenal draw at Brighton.
The Brazilian has continued his brilliant form in Arsenal defensive unit, by produced sensational performances alongside White, Tierney and Tomiyasu to recorded third clean sheets in the Premier League with goalless draw at Brighton.
Gabriel, who missed Arsenal’s first three opening league games due to injury problem, made returned to action in the Gunners 1-0 win over Norwich City at Emirates back in August.
Sinče, then, the Brazilian alongside White, Tierney and Tomiyasu are continued produced impressive displays for Arsenal back-line unit, with their latest eye-catching performances was last weekend against Brighton.
Even the standing at a thickset 6ft 3in defender lost a tooth during the game at Brighton, with showcasing the Brazilian is willing to put his body on the line and is a symbol of their new-found defensive strength.
At the Amex Stadium, Gabriel suffered the costly blow to his face as he challenged Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez and defender Lewis Dunk for a second-half corner.
Gabriel was just as willing to put his body on the line at the other end, too. At one point during Brighton’s late push for a winner, he stood firm to take the full force of a thumping effort from Alexis Mac Allister that could have knocked him over.
It was a block that summed up a determination to keep the ball out of the net that was shared by every member of Arsenal’s defence — goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.
All of them were at it during this stalemate, making crucial interceptions to secure a third clean sheet in the four league games they have played together. Just a month ago, when Arsenal’s defence looked very different, this is the sort of game they would have lost.
It has been some time since Arsenal have had an entire defensive unit they could rely on. From a summer window during which their transfer approach was questioned, one has emerged that Arteta is ready to put his faith in — and so far, so good.