Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see the dream center back duo between Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.
The former is currently out of action after testing positive for Covid-19 which made him miss the Chelsea and West Brom matches over the past week, Doubt remains against Manchester City on Saturday.
even if White Fit passed to make his second competitive appearance for Arsenal after his £50m summer transfer, and he’s unlikely to line up for him. Gabriel At the Etihad Stadium, despite the positive update of the Brazilian.
Having missed the Olympics this summer as well as pre-season due to a knee injury, the good news for Arsenal is that the 23-year-old is close to returning to first-team matches.
“But we do not know. Let’s see tomorrow how it is.”
It was not revealed at the time, but Gabriel was selected for the Arsenal U23 squad that faced north London counterpart Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League 2 match on Friday afternoon.
Perhaps this is what Arteta alluded to when he said “let’s see tomorrow how it is”.
Moreover, this is a major hint in regards to Gabriel’s possible participation against Man City as he will almost certainly not start the match given that he has just come back from injury.
Although he could be on the bench if he comes across the Spurs game unscathed.
As a result, it could be the Norwich City match after the international break where Arteta can finally unleash what is considered the best duo in the center of defence.
To many Arsenal fans, Pablo Marie is not the ideal partner for White – who would be the first choice right-wing central defender as the season progresses – given his struggles in pre-season and against Chelsea last weekend.
The fact that Gabriel is left-footed, faster and more aggressive than the Spaniard makes him the best choice to play alongside White, and that particular pairing may be unleashed soon.