Arsenal are set to be without Gabriel for at least the first six weeks of the season according to BBC reporter David Ornstein.
The Brazilian sustained a nasty ankle injury in the Gunners 3-2 friendly win over Manchester City in Sweden on Sunday, with initial comments from Wenger suggesting there is a likelihood the defender could be out for an extended period of time.
It appears the news isn’t as terrible as first feared but still a major concern considering Arsenal enter the Premier League with no fit senior defenders.
Arsenal CB Gabriel out 6/8wks – ankle sprain. Not quite as bad as he 1st feared but #AFC stepping up pursuit of Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2016
Ornstein wrote on Twitter: “Arsenal CB Gabriel out 6/8wks – ankle sprain. Not quite as bad as he 1st feared but #AFC stepping up pursuit of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.”
Gabriel had earlier today taken to Instagram to attempt to settle fears his injury would be long term, stating: “Today I feel much better, is not a big problem.”
It is possible Ornstein has revealed the truth after Gabriel underwent scans, with the centre back perhaps jumping on social media a little prematurely. Regardless, Arsenal need to wrap up this deal for Shkodran Mustafi. Time is ticking.
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Get well soon Gabriel.
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