Gabriel rewarded for 220-day unbeaten streak at Arsenal with first Brazil call-up

Gabriel Magalhaes has been rewarded for his excellent work at Arsenal with a first call-up to the Brazil national team, having gone 220 days without a defeat for the Gunners.

The defender’s last loss in an Arsenal shirt came back in April during a 3-0 league loss against Liverpool, but he has been in fine form ever since.

The 23-year-old has played in 16 games for Arsenal following the defeat in April, winning 12 and drawing four matches across all competitions.

The former Lille prospect has seen his performances increase even further with the arrival of £50million England international Ben White during the summer, and the pair are unbeaten when partnered up at centre back.

Gabriel joined Mikel Arteta’s squad in September 2020, for a fee which could eventually be worth £27m after impressing in France.

The Brazilian has since been integral in turning around Arsenal’s terrible start to the season, helping lift the Gunners back up to fifth in the Premier League table.

And now, following an injury to Benfica defender Lucas Verissimo, Gabriel will get his chance to impress on the international stage joining Tite’s Selecao.

Brazil have upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and rivals Argentina during the international break, hoping to extend their six-point lead at the top of South America’s qualifying group.

Gabriel has previously featured for Brazil’s U20s and U23s, racking up 11 appearances before joining Arsenal teammate Emile Smith Rowe as a new fully-fledged international. 

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