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‘Future star’: Some Arsenal fans loved ‘class’ player’s Instagram message

Lane Dias December 17, 2020
Gabriel Arsenal

Some Arsenal fans have pledged their support to Gabriel after the defender apologised on social media for his red card against Southampton last night.

Arsenal ended a run of three successive defeats in the Premier League by drawing 1-1 with the Saints, despite the Brazilian being sent off just after the hour-mark.

Gabriel – seeing red

The summer signing was shown a second yellow card for a foul on goalscorer and former Gunners winger Theo Walcott with the scores at one apiece.

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Gabriel’s rash move could have cost his side further but the north London outfit managed to hang on for what may turn out to be a valuable point.

The sending off was the seventh for the Gunners since Mikel Arteta took over the side in December last year. It was also the second in successive games following Granit Xhaka’s dismissal against Burnley.

Here’s how some Arsenal fans reacted on Twitter:

Gabriel’s dismissal was Arsenal’s third in their past five league games and puts the club in danger of achieving an unwanted record:

Gabriel at the Gunners

Since arriving from Lille in the summer, Gabriel has contributed to two goals and helped keep five clean sheets in 14 games in all competitions.

He netted his first Premier League goal on his debut against Fulham, a 3-0 win, the first of his five clean sheets.

Gabriel has looked calm defensively and solid in the air in both boxes. He has also shown glimpses of his leadership qualities in the absence of veteran centre-back partner David Luiz.

His showing has also seen the 22-year-old voted the club’s player of the month three times in a row.

‘Given his all’

Gabriel has arguably been one of the Gunners’ stand-out players in what has been a difficult first 13 games.
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BA (Hons) First Class degree in Sports Journalism at the University of East London. Sports fan, avid traveller, foodie and lover of films and tv.