Mikel Arteta provides Gabriel injury update ahead of Newcastle

Gabriel picked up an injury during Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Arsenal faced off with Chelsea in a Premier League outing, looking to win their first match in five attempts.

The Gunners did so with relative ease thanks to a dominant first half, which saw them take a 3-0 lead into the break.

However, it was not all good news on Tuesday as Gabriel picked up an injury.

The Brazilian went down several times in the second half of Tuesday’s 3-1 Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium, yet tried to continue and play through the pain.

Gabriel was eventually taken off after 85 minutes and replaced by Rob Holding, but his fitness is a worry ahead of the Gunners’ title run-in.

Arsenal are already without William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu, leaving the possibility that Arsenal will have to face Newcastle on May 7 with Rob Holding and Jakub Kiwior as their starting centre-back duo.

Now, speaking after the Chelsea game, Mikel Arteta has provided a worrying injury update on the Brazilian:

“He wasn’t comfortable, he tried for 15 minutes but he couldn’t carry on which was a concern,” Arteta said on Gabriel.

“It was strange for Gabby as he is not usually one who wants to leave the pitch.”

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Josh Barker

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