Thursday, September 7, 2023

Arsenal fans fear another ‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation’ as Gabriel is omitted from starting XI for third game running

Arsenal fans have been left wondering if Gabriel Magalhaes’ exclusion from their latest starting XI is a repeat of a previous situation.

The Brazilian centre-back is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this season.

GettyGabriel remains out of the starting XI for Arsenal[/caption]

Some fans believe it is similar to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s previous situationAFP

Ben White and William Saliba have been the chosen duo amid Gabriel’s reported interest from Saudi Arabia and Real Madrid.

Arsenal’s clash against Fulham saw Mikel Arteta name the 25-year-old on the bench once again as they eye a third consecutive win.

But the Gunners started off in the worst possible fashion after going behind within a minute following Andreas Pereira’s early goal.

It’s not the first time Arteta has continuously left out a key player as in 2021, he opted to omit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his team.

The striker was first out of the starting XI for a clash against rivals Tottenham due to disciplinary reasons before being left out entirely on the same grounds.

Aubameyang then left the club by mutual consent in 2022 and fans are questioning if a similar situation is happening now with Gabriel.

Taking to X, Arsenal fan and TalkTV host Piers Morgan said: “What’s going on between Arteta and Gabriel? Has an Aubameyang feel to it..”

“Gabriel is receiving that Aubameyang treatment,” added another supporter on the social media site.

Gabriel has come on as a substitute in Arsenal’s opening two gamesGetty

However in response to Morgan’s claim, one fan replied: “It’s all good. Nothing wrong is going on. We’ve a long season and everybody will play their part one way or the other.”

“I think nothing there but he just need to get back to his fitness remember the boy played all the 38 games last season,” said another.

Gabriel proved to be crucial in the Arsenal defence last season as they came narrowly close to the Premier League title.

However, there is a chance he could on his way out of the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

It’s a move that could prove to be a big loss for the Gunners as they eye another title charge this season.

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