Arsenal star speaks out after picking up fresh injury

By on February 17, 2016

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Arsenal defender Gabriel has spoken out for the first time after picking up a hamstring injury and explained the reason why he’s flown back to Brazil for treatment.

The centre-back was due to line-up alongside Laurent Koscielny against Leicester City on Sunday but was ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury during our win over Bournemouth the previous weekend.

Arsenal described the injury as ‘minor’ on Sunday but it must be reasonably serious as the defender was given permission to head back to his homeland to undergo treatment with his former club Victoria.

Gabriel has now been speaking about the situation and says he went back to Brazil because the Victoria staff know him well and he can see his friends and family, but assures us he’s working hard to get back fit again as soon as possible.

He’s quoted as saying:

“I was injured after Arsenal’s win (vs #AFCB). I am now working on my recovery & hope to be fit for the Brazilian national team.”

“I chose to come to Brazil to undergo treatment in Victoria by the professionals already know.”

“I’m too happy to go back, see my friends. This club has always welcomed me, gave me strength.”

Arsenal are yet to give any indication as to how long Gabriel will be out for but he’s certain to miss Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Hull City and you’d have to assume he’ll also sit out next weeks Champions League first leg tie with Barcelona.

We’ll have to wait for more news as to whether he’ll be in contention to make his comeback against Manchester United on February 28th but let’s hope Gabriel isn’t out for too long as he was just starting to establish himself in the first team.

We’ve got a lot of huge games coming up and a title to win so the last thing we need is seeing our defensive options left exposed for too long.


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