ARSENAL NEVER DESIRED TO SELL THE STAR THIS SUMMER EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVEN €200M

ARSENAL NEVER DESIRED TO SELL THE STAR THIS SUMMER EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVEN €200M

The Brazilian central defender was linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League, but there was never a serious interest and no negotiations took place between Arsenal and another club.

The fact that Arsenal would not transfer Gabriel even for €200 million to a Saudi club speaks volumes about his importance to the club.

Real Madrid were in the market for a new center-back after Eder Militao suffered a season-ending injury at the start of the current campaign.

Gabriel was placed on the bench for the first three Premier League games of the 2023-24 season and only returned to the starting lineup last weekend against Manchester United.

The 25-year-old started every league game last season and missed only three games in 2021-22, so his omission against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, and Fulham raised eyebrows.

Gabriel could become a Brazil international this month after receiving his first call-up to the senior national team for 2026 World Cup qualification matches against Bolivia and Peru, and he is aware that playing regularly for his club will increase his chances of breaking into the country’s star-studded first-team.

On the opening weekend of the season, Arsenal lost summer signing Jurrien Timber to a long-term injury, and selling Gabriel would have made no sense.

Additionally, makeshift right-back Thomas Partey is presently unavailable, prompting manager Mikel Arteta to reassign Ben White to the position, allowing the Brazilian to reunite with William Saliba in the middle.

ARSENAL NEVER DESIRED TO SELL THE STAR THIS SUMMER EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVEN €200M