Arsenal star Gabriel ‘makes decision on joining Real Madrid’ before Palace clash

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes is happy at the club despite interest from Real Madrid, according to reports. Los Blancos are said to be genuinely interested in signing the Brazilian but he is content to stay at the Emirates.

Gabriel was a rock at the back for Arsenal last season. He started all 38 Premier League matches, the only outfielder to do so in the Gunners’ squad.

However, he was dropped for the first game of the new campaign at home to Nottingham Forest. The 25-year-old was named among the substitutes as Mikel Arteta preferred new signing Jurrien Timber in a new-look defence.

Thomas Partey started in an inverted right-back role alongside Ben White and William Saliba, with Timber operating from the left. Gabriel was fit and came off the bench late on to help preserve Arsenal’s 2-1 lead.

Timber is now injured having damaged his anterior cruciate knee ligament on his debut. That could see Gabriel brought back in for the trip to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Ahead of that game, Gabriel has been linked with a potential exit. There has been interest from the Saudi Pro League, while Real Madrid have also been rumoured to be admirers.

The Mail claims interest from Real in the centre-back is genuine. The La Liga club have been investigating the market after losing Eder Militao to a serious knee injury of his own earlier this month.

However, the report says Gabriel is happy at Arsenal and is committed to leading the club to one better than last season. Arteta’s side fell short in their quest of winning a first Premier League title in 19 years.


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