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Mikel Arteta suffers Arsenal injury blow during international break after star seen with ice pack on thigh

ARSENAL star Gabriel Magalhaes appeared to suffer an injury during his Brazil debut.

The Selecao cruised to a 5-1 victory over Bolivia in their first World Cup qualifier.

Gabriel Magalhaes made his Brazil debut versus Bolivia

Gabriel was seen after the game with an ice pack on his thigh[/caption]

Gabriel made his long-awaited international debut after previously being an unused substitute on four occasions.


However, the centre-back’s day did not go as planned with fans fearing he has picked up an injury while playing for his country.

Gabriel was subbed off Roger Ibanez after 84 minutes, taking a seat on the team’s bench and applying an ice pack to his thigh.

On the pitch, Rodrygo, Raphinha and Neymar all found the back of the net with the Al-Hilal star overtaking Pele to become Brazil’s all-time top scorer.

But Mikel Arteta will now be sweating over Gabriel’s fitness ahead of crucial games versus Everton and their Champions League opener against PSV after the international break.


Gabriel featured in all 38 Premier League games for the Gunners last season.

But this term he didn’t start any of Arsenal’s first three matches before eventually coming into the side for their dramatic 3-1 win over Manchester United last weekend.

Arteta claimed his lack of playing time has been down to tactical reasons.



Gabriel’s injury is the manager’s latest defensive concern after already losing summer signing Jurrien Timber due to an ACL injury.

The Dutchman is set to be sidelined for several months, meanwhile Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are also out.

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