Gabriels howler gifts Mitrovic goal – but Arsenal defender soon redeems himself

Gabriel’s display against Fulham was a tale of redemption as the defender was guilty of a terrible mistake for the opposition's opening goal – before he went on score the matchwinner for Arsenal.

At the Emirates on Saturday for the evening kick-off, the defender was robbed of the ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic inside his own half.

Despite having the ball away from goal and heading out of his box, Gabriel was embarrassed by the Serbian striker who quite majestically snatched the ball from his feet before burying it past Aaron Ramsey in goal.

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It was a devastating – and quite embarrassing – ordeal for the Brazilian. But it speaks volumes how he managed to redeem himself about 30 mins later.

Martin Odegaard equaled from the home side on 64 minutes and Arsenal were gunning for another goal to clinch the win but they were running out of time.

Then, on 85 minutes, Gabriel crashed home a header from a corner – and it was like all was forgiven in the space of a half of football.


Reaction spilt onto social media. One provided an interesting statistic: “No defender has scored more Premier League goals since the start of last than Gabriel Magalhães. Making up for his earlier mistake.” Another said: “Gabriel's reaction to the full time whistle. It means so much. Both our cbs were at fault for a goal and then made amends. Unreal mentality!"

A third wrote: “It’s not about if you make mistakes, it’s about how you respond. Saliba last week, Gabriel this week – both with a massive response afterwards & full credit to the Emirates crowd in both cases getting behind their players when they needed it.”

A last one surmised: “That performance showed the good and the bad of Gabriel Magalhaes. It was almost a carbon copy of last season. Defensive error costing us a goal at one end, but redeeming himself with his goalscoring quality at the other. If he sharpens up defensively we’ve got a proper player.”

The Gunners continued their brilliant start to the season by winning four out of a possible four matches so far. Their dominance has seen them rise to the top of the Premier League table, two points ahead of champions Manchester City, and Brighton.


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