23 year-old tipped for possible Arsenal return in time for Chelsea clash

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes could make become available to make his return against Chelsea on August 22.

The 23 year-old was called up to play for Brazil at this summer’s Olympic Games only to struggle with his knee in training ahead of the competition.

Gabriel ha since returned to his home country to undergo physiotherapy as he looks to rehabilitate from his injury, and has since travelled back to Europe to continue his recovery process.

Football.London now believes he could well be able to make his return to action as soon as our second Premier League match of the season, with our trip to Brentford next weekend coming too soon.

Magalhaes become an instant hit in North London following his move from Lille last summer, quickly establishing himself as a regular in the first-team, but after contracting the Coronavirus he took time to return to 100%.

We will all be hoping that he can put his issues behind him and come back stronger this term, with the likes of Pablo Mari set to challenge him for the left-central role in defence.

The Brazilian could well be earmarked as the long-term partner for summer signing Ben White, and I can’t wait to see the pair form a formidable partnership as the season unfolds.


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  1. Yes hopefully he will be partnering Ben White and Lokonga will partner Xhaka, in Partey’s absence.

  2. Almost every Arsenal fans are calling 4 a Ben White – Gabriel Meghales partnership, but I tell u, it will finally be a Ben white – Pablo Mari pairing. Mark my words 2day.

  3. Much disagree! Mari is too one paced and not near the standard of a fully match fit Gabriel .

    This is one area that I, for once, disgree with Grandad about. He says Gabriel is too slow but I disagree.

    Gabriel, when match tight, will prove a great buy IMO, alongside White and will finally after many, many years, once again give us a central defence that is real quality.

    The last time we could say THAT was with The Invincibles.

    1. Jon
      I agree fully with your opinion. White is the faster more technical of the two, While Gabriel is stronger, more physical, and able to deal with aerial threats.

      Mari is slow as a carthorse and hasn’t shown he’s willing to get physical with opponents like Gabriel or even Holding.

      I’d even say Holding and Chambers would be my 2nd choice pairing and Mari 5th choice.

      1. Aww Durand… Gabriel might be all the above but he can’t kick a football. Might as well buy the undertaker from WWE. At least he can choke slam Harry Kane.

      2. Jon and Durand, likewise agree with your preferred pairing…some on here seemingly close their eyes when watching us play, which I can understand on some nights, in that last year some even suggested that Mari was faster than Gabs, which is absolutely ridiculous…personally I hoped we would have seen a Saliba/Gabs pairing this season, but that’s obviously not going to be in the offing…Holding is bang average with his head and with the ball at his feet, so for me he’s just a decent cover player, whereas Mari has just enough guile that he should give Gabs a break against possession-based squads, who don’t counter with pace…let’s hope and pray that White excels from a transitional play standpoint or we’re destined to witness a whole lot of sideways/backwards passing, with our 3-wheeled shopping cart, Xhaka, as the centerpiece figure, which would be incredibly tragic

  4. Gabriel for me is currently our worst centre back or simply put,a headless chicken type of player

  5. Good news if Gabriel is indeed fit to return to action that soon, no need to rush him though as Mari is fine to start the season in that left hand birth alongside Holding, White or Chambers

    Not really an area of concern for me, although last weekend’s defensive mess didn’t exactly support that thought!

  6. Too reckless in my opinion. Reminds me of a defensive Granit Xhaka, like watching Bambi on Ice with less grace.

    But that is solely my opinion.

  7. Mari will get injured, that’s about the only thing he does consistently.

    That’s why City didn’t care when he left and only Arsenal were interested in him when he came.

  8. Gabriel Megahaels returning from injury is good news for once to brighten the gloom. Now for a quick recovery for Thomas Partey and Arsenal to buy an ACM, DM and Onana, as back up goalkeeper.

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