Arsenal defender Gabriel was subjected to some horrific abuse on Twitter after unconfirmed rumours suggested that it was his tackle which caused Jack Wilshere‘s latest injury – and his subsequent lengthy spell on the sidelines – The Evening Standard reports.
Gabriel, who joined us in January from Villarreal, has gained a reputation within the squad as a tough tackler, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if these early reports turn out to be true.
“I’ve only trained with him once and he likes to put his foot in, that’s for sure,” Theo Walcott said of Gabriel following his arrival (via Arsenal Player).
Quite rightly, The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal fans rounded together in support of Gabriel and condemned any abuse aimed at the Brazillian.
Whatever may have happened, it’s rather rational to assume that it was a freakish accident, given that Gabriel and Wilshere have trained together for almost eight months now with no sign of any previous issues.
Hopefully both Wilshere and Gabriel – who must be rather down about inflicting pain on a teammate, if reports are to be believed – can fully recover soon and aid us in what will be a vital season.