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Arsenal star Gabriel lined up for shock Saudi Arabia switch | Soccer

Mikel Arteta may make some late modifications to his squad forward of the switch window (Image: Getty)

Arsenal star Gabriel is being line-up for a big-money transfer to the Saudi Arabia Professional League.

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The Brazil worldwide has been a mainstay of Mikel Arteta’s defence since his arrival from Lille three years in the past and final season shaped a promising partnership with William Saliba.

Gabriel signed a brand new long-term contract 12 months in the past however was a shocking omission from the Arsenal facet that started its Premier League marketing campaign with a nervy 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest final weekend.

Explaining the choice to reshuffle his rearguard to accommodate striker Eddie Nketiah, Arteta mentioned: ‘It’s each recreation calls for various things and Eddie [Nketiah] didn’t play final recreation and has executed very well in pre-season and he deserves to play.

‘He has been actually good and at all times been a risk. Each recreation wants completely different qualities. That is how we begin the sport and we’ll most likely end in a really completely different method.’

Gabriel was, finally, summoned from the bench to be able to assist the Gunners stave off a late Forest fightback and it stays to be seen, in accordance with The Mirror, whether or not Arteta can be open to permitting the centre-half to depart.

A number of Premier League stars have already left for the large riches on supply in Saudi Arabia with Liverpool and Chelsea, specifically, having profited from the gross sales of N’Golo Kante, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.

Gabriel was unnoticed of Arsenal’s beginning XI towards Nottingham Forest (Image: Getty)

Regardless of spending £21million on Poland worldwide Jakub Kiwior in January, Arteta would virtually definitely demand a alternative for Gabriel with the likes of Manchester Metropolis’s Aymeric Laporte and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi firmly on his radar.

No matter Gabriel’s future, Arteta could possibly be pressured into making a late defensive signing after Arsenal confirmed Jurrien Timber, a summer time arrival from Ajax, suffered a critical knee harm towards Forest.

A press release learn: ‘Additional to his substitution throughout our match towards Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Jurrien Timber has acquired intensive assessments and scans which have confirmed he has sustained an harm to his proper knee.

‘Jurrien will endure an extra detailed evaluation and evaluation with a marketing consultant within the coming days to evaluate the total extent of the harm, to be able to decide the subsequent steps. An additional replace might be supplied in the end.

‘Everybody on the membership might be targeted on supporting Jurrien presently.’

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