Pundit believes Arsenal man is not getting the credit he deserves

Tony Cascarino believes Gabriel Magalhaes does not get enough credit for the terrific job he does for Arsenal as William Saliba is the more celebrated of both centre-backs.

The Brazilian and the Frenchman have formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence, which has seen them help the club to reach new heights.

Mikel Arteta’s men are doing well all over the pitch, but Saliba seems to be more celebrated for his defensive contribution, which Cascarino thinks is unfair to Gabriel. 

He writes in The Times:

 “In all the excitement about William Saliba’s performances for Arsenal this season, I think people have not given enough credit to his central defensive partner Gabriel.

“The Brazilian is the only outfield player to have played every minute of Arsenal’s league matches so far and I think he has thrived alongside Saliba.

“The task of being the senior partner to a guy who is an outstanding talent but is only 21 has really brought a new maturity to Gabriel’s game.”

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Gabriel is one of the best players at the club, as the defender combines well with Saliba to help us get clean sheets and build from the back.

Football is a team sport; even if we do not always celebrate some players publicly, we know their contributions are significant and one of them is Gabriel.

He is a player we believe can continue to deliver top performances for us in the coming weeks as well.

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  1. You think back to some of the best central defensive partnerships. Gabriel and saliba, in time can be right up there with some of the very best.

  2. Like Xhaka, Gabriel is quite underrated. Both him and Saliba have formed a formidable backline. So, Kudos to Gabriel.

  3. I agree with Tony Cascarino, but will go further to say both these players need to be rested in some games to give opportunities to the new, young Polish Centre-back who’s never been given a minute of game time despite his impressive CV.
    It’s a poorly thought strategy to bank him until one of them is injured or suspended. Poor, poor, poor..

  4. Saliba & Gabriel are the CBs of now and the future of Arsenal FC as long as Saliba signs a new deal which I think he will alongside Saka & Martinelli.

    With Partey back, Jesus near back to full training, plus Jan Signings Trossard & Jorginho have been super since their arrivals we should have the strength in depth to cope with the Schudule of Europa & League run ins.

    Let hope enough to win the league and a great run in Europa, try even and win that too as its there for the taking.

    Its March and we have chance to open 5 point gap here on Wednesday at home to Everton, we owe them for a few weeks ago. We can’t really ask for more Gunners, let’s keep winning game by game!

  5. Gabriel is a hard worker but not always a smart tackler… He has put up so many great performances this season but his penchant to easily lose his head in the box and commit unnecessary fouls if not checked immediately might cost Arsenal as the league enters the winding slope…

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