Gunners fans were concerned when Gabriel was omitted from the starting lineup in their 1-0 away win over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
In Romano’s tweet, he wrote: “Understand Arsenal have no intention to sell Gabriel Magalhães despite Al Ittihad interest. Arsenal not even intentioned to indicate a price tag for Brazilian centre back at this stage. He’s expected to stay.”
Should Arsenal keep Gabriel at the club?
Currently, Gabriel is one of Arsenal’s best defensive options – and arguably their second-best centre-half, behind the indomitable William Saliba.
Not only is Gabriel an excellent, physically-gifted defender, he is also relatively young. At the age of 25, he still has a couple of years to go before he reaches his footballing prime.
He is prone to the occasional mistake, which has led to the Gunners conceded unnecessary goals on occasion – but these are becoming fewer in number as he gains experience with age.
Gabriel has an attribute that is highly sought after in today’s game – he is a left-footed centre-back. This allows the Gunners to play out from the back with few complications – essentially, it widens the range of passing that is available to their centre-halves.
Who has been linked with a move for Gabriel?
In wake of the long-term injury sustained by Eder Militao, Real Madrid have been scrambling to find a replacement – as such, Los Blancos have turned their attention to Gabriel, in hopes that they can complete a deal.
However, despite Madrid’s interest, Arsenal are holding firm and have not named a price regarding his availability (as per Romano’s tweet).
They aren’t the only ones – several clubs who play in the Saudi Pro League are also thought to be interested in exloring a deal to bring Gabriel on board.