The first name on the team sheet. He is looking sj good and forming good relationships in the heart of our defence.
Gabriel was the latest Arsenal player to suffer an unfortunate injury over the weekend after a collision with Brighton pair Robert Sanchez and Lewis Dunk caused him to suffer two fractures to his front teeth.
The Brazilian underwent emergency dental treatment on Saturday night after a recommendation from a team-mate.
Strangely, this was the second time this year Gabriel had suffered dental issues in a game against Brighton. On the final day of last season, he was forced to spend time scouring the Emirates Stadium turf to look for a missing tooth, which he eventually found.
At the Amex Stadium on Saturday night, Gabriel re-emerged from the tunnel to search the penalty box for any traces of his teeth and, once he had returned to London, sought immediate treatment with celebrity dentist Dr Deepak Aulak. “I’m a regular dentist for a few different Premier League football players, including (Arsenal’s) Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe,” Dr Aulak tells The Athletic’s James McNicholas.
“Gabriel was recommended to me by one of the other Arsenal players. This was my first time treating Gabriel, who was incredibly friendly and brave after suffering such a strong collision.”
The treatment took Gabriel and Dr Aulak late into the night. “I know emergency dental access is a difficult issue and here at (dental surgery) Toothfairy, we deal with a lot of emergency requests at all times of the day,” says Dr Aulak.
“Initially, we triaged Gabriel remotely but due to the urgent nature of his situation, we brought him into the clinic to reduce the risk of future complications.”
The luckless Gabriel will doubtless receive some sympathy from manager Mikel Arteta, who himself had a front tooth knocked out while playing for Arsenal against Hull in April 2014.
He needs an experience PL CB to partner him, someone who's maybe won a couple trophies & played in finals and champions league games. I wonder if there is anyone like that at Arsenal sitting on the bench?Love Gabriel but his defending for the first goal was bizarre, basically gave Benteke all the room he needed to take the shot on.