After Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Nuno Tavares all joined the club in the summer transfer window, Arsenal has seen an influx of defensive players this season.
All eyes have been on White, who joined the club for £50 million, breaking the club’s record for a defender signing.
However, one of Arsenal’s best-performing centre-backs has gone unnoticed as a result of these signings.
Despite being a defender with the potential to be one of the finest in the league, Gabriel Magalhaes is a player who is little talked about by club supporters or even Premier League followers.
After putting in strong performances in the Premier League, the 23-year-old became a fan favorite at the start of last season.
In his first game for the club, the Brazilian jumped and scored a goal from a corner against Fulham in the first game of the 2020/2021 season.
This was further demonstrated by his outstanding performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford last season, a moment that remains etched in Arsenal fans’ minds as they hold out hope that the Brazilian can repeat it.
As the season progressed into the winter months, however, his form began to deteriorate as it was revealed that he had caught COVID-19.
After recovering from the virus, he was unable to regain the form he had when he initially joined the club, which resulted in a streak of dismal performances.
However, he accomplished enough in the early months to demonstrate the promise he had as well as his leadership ability.
In terms of dressing room presence, there are parallels to David Luiz’s leadership. Despite the language barrier, he is always talking to other players in the squad, as shown in Arsenal training videos and on social media.
These are the characteristics of a prospective Arsenal captain.
With the Gunners constantly on the lookout for defenders, Gabriel must seize the centre-back position and make it his own.
Even though he has only been in one Premier League game this season, his impact is palpable. Before Gabriel returned to the team, the Gunners had surrendered nine goals in three games. His first game back was against Norwich, and he kept a clean sheet.
More importantly, we were able to see White and Gabriel’s collaboration, which appears to be fruitful in the future.
Gabriel still has several aspects of his game to work on, such as consistency and being a defensive leader, which Arsenal fans want him to achieve if he stays on track and develops.