Pundit lauds Gabriel after ‘committed’ display vs Liverpool

By on February 6, 2024

BBC pundit Garth Crook has heaped praise on Arsenal star Gabriel Magalhaes following his impressive performance against Liverpool on Sunday.

Having moved to the Emirates Stadium from LOSC Lille in a £22m deal back in 2020, the 26-year-old has established himself as an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven over the last few years.

However, the defender previously showed that he has the tendency to make mistakes. So, Arteta opted to start this season without the Brazilian in the starting eleven, however, the Spanish boss quickly realised that Gabriel is irreplaceable at the moment.

The South American has been displaying impressive performances so far this term and it appears he has managed to overcome his error-proneness.

The defender played a key role in helping Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-1 last weekend. Although he unfortunately scored an own goal, he managed to keep the Reds’ frontline quiet throughout the game.

Now, writing on BBC Sport, Crook has heaped praise on Gabriel and said that his ‘committed’ display in the last two games helped Arsenal to win both encounters and close the gap with Liverpool.

Pundit heaps praise on Gabriel

The pundit further states that Gabriel didn’t give any room to Jota to showcase his best and that minimised the opposition attack. Crook also says that he was ‘really impressed’ by the Brazilian’s performance.

Crook wrote:

“This has been an amazing week for Arsenal and in particular Gabriel. The defender very much wears his heart on his sleeve and is totally committed to the cause. Against Nottingham Forest he was in the thick of it and played his part in a resolute performance by the Gunners.

“However, it was his display in defence against Liverpool that really impressed. He never gave Diogo Jota a kick, who looked like he missed the physical presence of Darwin Nunez. Meanwhile, Gabriel’s partnership with William Saliba reduced Liverpool’s chances to a minimum.”

Meanwhile, after beating Liverpool, Arsenal will travel to the London Stadium to face off against West Ham United in the Premier League next Sunday. The Gunners will be desperate to continue their winning run by beating the Hammers to continue the title charge.

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