The Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes had a very long settling-in period after first arriving at Arsenal, which was not helped by his language problems and sporadic injuries.
But this season Gabriel has developed a very strong partnership with Ben White and they have developed a nearly telepathic pairing on the field. He has been so impressive that the latest rumours are that Barcelona have decided that the Brazilian is one of their top targets this summer.
This is not in the realms of impossibility as you could speculate that we could have a big boost to our own transfer kitty and simply bring William Saliba back to the Emirates as a straight replacement.
Obviously I don’t think that is likely though, and we should keep the our defensive rock pairing intact for the next few years, and it would seem that Gabriel himself has decided to put the fans minds at rest after being asked how he is getting on at Arsenal. “Well in my first season I certainly learnt a lot,” he said on Yahoo News. “It’s been a real challenge here and I am more and more settled every day. I feel better and better with each passing game. At the same time, we know we all can’t be perfect in every match. We do make mistakes.
“But I feel good, I feel at home at Arsenal. It’s a great squad to be a part of and together I am sure we can achieve a lot. I am very happy here.”
His first great achievement would be to get the Gunners back into the Champions League, and he hasn’t given up on making it this season yet. “Reaching the top four is our aim, but we know how tough it will be,” Gabriel continued.
“It’s a big challenge but I do believe we can get there. We are working hard and it’s the target we want to achieve. We have to stick together. We need to be focused to get good results.”
I agree. We should all stick together, which is why I don’t think Arteta would even consider letting him go to Barcelona – at any price.
What do you think?
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Now the players and the manager are saying top4 is the main target.
But most fans says otherwise.
You would have thought they were aiming for higher position but nah, they set a lower position as the target.
So the manager and the players got more ambition than the fans who labelled top6 as the target.
My main question is, where and when did this conclusion took place. Who represent the fans and spoke with the board to know that top6 was the target.
Did a fan representative had a meeting with the players and manager and they all conclude that top6 is the target.
Because I kept hearing top4 was never the target.
How can we sacked two managers in a row for not reaching top4 , then come back later to claim top6 should now be the target after close to 3years.
Arteta told the fans and WILLIAN we was going to win Champions League this year we’ve been patient this year we hade no Europa at all but we still can’t get top 4 and now our goal is to participate in Europa league same Tournament that got everybody else kicked out as managers is now a target.
That’s good to hear, I think Gabriel was a good signing, has done well so far and will get better, as will his partnership with White who was also a good signing that has had a good season
Gabriel should do himself a favour and grab the opportunity to play at baca where he has more chances of winning trophies.
He should not wait until the apprentice finds a little fault in him and throw him into the trash bin.
Imagine Gabriel Magalhaes,Ronald Araújo & Gerard Piqué on aa three man CB
They are tall and mobile, it will be exciting to watch