Gabriel Magalhaes believes Arsenal’s ‘special’ derby win against Tottenham shows they are heading in the right direction under Mikel Arteta… but the defender admits the squad was slow to find ‘perfect chemistry’
- Arsenal’s good form continued with a brilliant derby win against Tottenham
- Gabriel Magalhaes believes the result proves that the team is now on the right track
- The pressure is now off Mikel Arteta and Gabriel has praised the coach
- Central defender Gabriel also admitted Arsenal were slow in finding the right formula
Gabriel Magalhaes admits Arsenal has been slow in finding the right formula, but believes the win against Tottenham is proof that they are moving in the right direction under Mikel Arteta.
‘We dominated’, says Gabriel Sports post when he thinks back to the North London derby. “Perfect in every action, and it gives us confidence for the rest of the season.
“It was one of my most special days as an Arsenal player. We have to stay so focused and keep the commitment to our tactics.”
Gabriel Magalhaes believes Arsenal’s win over Tottenham shows they are heading in the right direction
The 3-1 win brought Arteta’s team over the Spurs to the top half of the table and with his wife Gabrielle Figueiredo and a childhood friend in the stands at the Emirates Stadium it was a day he will never forget.
The win eased the pressure caused by three consecutive Premier League defeats at the start of the season, although the 23-year-old Brazilian insists the players have always had faith in boss Arteta and his staff.
“We couldn’t find the perfect chemistry at the start of this season,” says Gabriel. “But we were sure we put a lot of good in it. We have delivered consistent matches in the last three matches, won them all and we are confident we will continue to do so. We just have to keep it going.
It was a derby win to remember for centre-back Gabriel, whose family was in the Emirates
“Our group is very strong and the coaching staff is doing a great job. We have a core of young players and new players have been added as well.’
Gabriel’s return to the heart of the defense has given Arsenal a solid foundation. He has quickly forged a rapport with summer signing Ben White, who returns to Brighton on Saturday for the first time since leaving on a £50m deal as the Gunners try to extend their winning streak.
Aaron Ramsdale has made an impressive start in goal since his £25m move from Sheffield United, as has Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back.
Together with Kieran Tierney, fit again as a left-back, they have forged a promising defensive unity and an Arsenal hope will develop in the club’s best traditions.
The pressure is now off Mikel Arteta after a good run, and Gabriel has praised his work
Gabriel has heard all about David Seaman, Tony Adams and Co since moving from Lille to Arsenal last year.
“I hope I can win as much as they do,” he says. “They inspire us to get better and that’s the legacy we hope to leave here at Arsenal.
“This is one of the top clubs in Europe and playing here is a dream come true. I am happy and honored to wear the shirt and every day here helps me get closer to my dreams.
“Our squad is very strong, young players with a lot of potential, and we really believe we will achieve a lot.
Gabriel (right) has formed a promising defensive unit with Ben White and Kieran Tierney (left)
“The main goal is to evolve as a team, so that the individual talents of the big players come to the fore in every game. That’s what winning Tottenham was about. It showed what we can do and what we can achieve this season and on to the next.”
If this happens, Gabriel may feel more confident in fulfilling his ambition of being called up by Brazilian boss Tite.
The Arsenal midfielder was selected for the roster for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo but felt a stab in his right knee during first practice and had to withdraw as his country won the gold medal.
There is a belief in the squad that they will ‘achieve a lot’ fueled by triumph against the Spurs
Scans showed that he had tendonitis, which hindered his preparation for the new season.
“Being called by Brazil is one of my main goals,” Gabriel said.
“It’s been a dream since I was a kid – it makes me give my best in training and in games.”