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William Saliba opens up on his relationship with Gabriel Magalhaes

Arsenal centre back William Saliba has opened up on his relationship with his teammate Gabriel Magalhaes with whom they played many games together last season.

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Arsenal centre back William Saliba has praised his teammate Gabriel Magalhaes, highlighting his leadership qualities and desire to win. The 22-year-old defender, who started 27 league games alongside Gabriel last season, considers him to be a key player for the team.

Saliba revealed that he has known Gabriel since their time in Ligue 1, as they faced each other on the pitch. Their shared language has made communication easier between them, both on and off the field. Saliba described Gabriel as a “really good guy” and emphasized his determination to succeed.

“I’ve known him since Ligue 1 because I played against him. We speak the same language, so it’s easier for us. He’s a really good guy, a guy who really wants to win, a good leader. Yes [I see him off the pitch too], of course. Not a lot, because I see him enough at the training ground!” Saliba told The Daily Mail.

Last season, Arsenal was engaged in a fierce title race with Manchester City in their bid to win the Premier League. However, a defeat against Nottingham Forest in the 37th game week ultimately saw them lose the trophy to The Citizens. Despite leading the league table for 10 months, Arsenal settled for second place with 84 points, while Manchester City claimed the title with 89 points.

Saliba’s injury in the final months of the season was a setback for Arsenal. Prior to that, he had been one of Mikel Arteta’s standout players. His absence was felt as Arsenal struggled defensively without him.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: William Saliba and Gabriel shirts hang in the Arsenal changing room before the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on March 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The partnership between Saliba and Gabriel proved to be formidable when they were both fit and playing together. Their understanding on the pitch allowed them to form a solid defensive unit for Arsenal. Saliba’s injury disrupted this partnership but it is expected that they will resume their collaboration once he returns to full fitness.

Saliba’s comments about Gabriel highlight not only their strong bond but also their shared ambition to succeed at Arsenal. Both players have shown great potential and have become fan favorites due to their performances on the field.

With Saliba’s recovery progressing well, Arsenal fans are eagerly anticipating his return alongside Gabriel in defense. The duo has already proven themselves capable of shutting down some of the best attacking teams in the Premier League.

As Arsenal looks to challenge for the title once again in the upcoming season, the partnership between Saliba and Gabriel will be crucial. Their understanding, communication, and leadership qualities will play a vital role in Arsenal’s defensive solidity.

Overall, Saliba’s praise for Gabriel reflects the positive atmosphere within the Arsenal squad. The young French defender’s return to full fitness will undoubtedly boost the team’s chances of success in the future. With their partnership intact, Arsenal fans can look forward to a strong defensive line that will help propel their team towards silverware.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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