What Gabriel Magalhaes did in Arsenal training as the Gunners prepare for Norwich City clash

By Lewis Pangratiou

Gabriel Magalhaes has been continuing his return to fitness in some style at Arsenal's London Colney training ground.

The Brazilian defender hasn't played in any of the Gunners' opening three Premier League defeats because of a knee injury picked up while playing for Brazil at the Olympics earlier in the summer.

However, he is expected to feature against fellow early season strugglers Norwich City on Saturday.

A video released by the club has showed exactly what Mikel Arteta's side have been missing, something that will only delight the Arsenal supporters, who are excited about Gabriel’s possible return to the line-up with the Brazilian seemingly ready ahead of the Canaries’ trip to the Emirates.

Arsenal have looked unimaginative in attack so far this season, and a key part of Arteta’s ideal attacking philosophy is to play from the back and through the lines, but as seen in the video, Gabriel can go some way to solving that issue.

The behind the scenes footage also shows him partnering up with £50million signing, Ben White.

White returned to training following the end of a 10-day isolation period last week after testing positive for coronavirus, and the two 23-year-olds have been tipped to be Arsenal’s best defensive option moving forward this season.

With Gabriel naturally left-footed, and White the opposite, the two should provide balance in attack, while their additional pace should help to provide more stability in defence.

The fact they looked so relaxed alongside each other in training is certainly a welcome boost for Arteta, too, as the Arsenal boss is a man under pressure following the Gunners’ worst start to a league campaign in more than 65 years.

Indeed, Gunners fans will be hoping their return helps Arsenal to climb out of the relegation zone, with Arteta's men currently bottom of the table.


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