Gabriel injury leaves Arsenal defence threadbare

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Arsenal look likely to start the season without Gabriel after the Brazilian suffered a nasty injury deep into stoppage-time of this evening’s 3-2 win against Manchester City in Gothenburg.

The centre-back was stretchered off after appearing to twist his ankle as he challenged striker Kelechi Iheanacho. There’s no official confirmation on whether the player will be out for a long time or not, but the players and boss Arsene Wenger were visibly distressed as the 25-year-old received treatment.

Arsene Wenger has already ruled Laurent Koscielny out of the start of the season following his international exploits and Per Mertesacker is out until after Christmas with a knee injury.

It means two of Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Kystian Bielik will line up as a central defensive pairing in the Premier League opener against Liverpool in a week. That’s unless we force through a transfer in the coming days.

“He [Gabriel] is in pain,” Wenger said post-game. “Let’s hope that the pain is not a sign of bad news.

“Laurent’s back in training but Liverpool may come a bit soon. We’re short in defence at the moment.”

All in all, it’s far from ideal. We keep our fingers crossed for Gabriel, let’s hope it’s nowhere near as serious as it looks.

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