Mikel Arteta Shuts Down Exit Rumors, Affirms Gabriel Magalhães’ Arsenal Role


Amidst interest from Saudi Arabia and Real Madrid, Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhães is expected to remain at the club this summer.

25-year-old Gabriel, has been a crucial figure in Arsenal’s defense under Mikel Arteta. However, he has found himself on the bench in recent times, raising eyebrows and sparking transfer rumors.

Real Madrid and Saudi Arabian Clubs in Pursuit: Fabrizio Romano Updates

Recent reports suggest that Real Madrid is keen on securing Gabriel’s services. Moreover, Saudi Arabian clubs have also expressed interest, with representatives reportedly meeting with Gabriel in London to discuss a potential transfer. The financial allure of these clubs is undeniable, but Gabriel’s commitment to Arsenal appears unwavering, at least for now.

Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano provided a reassuring update, stating,

“Understand Arsenal have no intention to sell Gabriel Magalhaes despite Al Ittihad interest. Arsenal not even intentioned to indicate a price tag for Brazilian centre-back at this stage. He’s expected to stay.”

Mikel Arteta, has clarified his decision to bench Gabriel Magalhães in recent matches. Arteta has further “rubbished” rumors of Gabriel leaving the club, asserting that the player still has a significant role to play in the team. Gabriel’s absence from the starting lineup is a result of dynamic tactical decisions.

Impressive Gabriel Magalhães

The €55M Brazilian has been a stalwart in Arsenal’s defense, boasting an impressive record of starting 73 consecutive Premier League matches before recent developments. In the previous season, he secured the highest total minutes played among all Arsenal players across 38 league matches.

Despite recent uncertainties, Gabriel Magalhães continues to be a formidable presence in Arsenal’s defense. His performance against Crystal Palace, as a substitute, showcased his defensive prowess. Gabriel’s resilience helped Arsenal maintain their lead despite numerical disadvantages. His ability to dominate the box and shut down opposing attacks underscores his significance to the team’s overall gameplay.

Gabriel remains a pivotal player for Arsenal. Losing such a talent would be a nightmare for the Gunners, especially after their substantial summer investments in strengthening the squad. For now, it appears Gabriel is staying put. However, the rumor mill might churn again in January or next summer.

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