By Joe Nelson
Gabriel Paulista provided Arsenal fans with such much-needed good news on Tuesday morning as he revealed on Instagram that his ankle injury is a minor problem.
The Gunners feared the Brazilian could join fellow centre-back Per Mertesacker on the long-term injured list after he was injured in the 3-2 pre-season friendly win against Manchester City on Sunday.
Gabriel was reduced to tears and left the Ullevi Stadium with his left foot in a protective boot after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage.
But the Brazilian defender, 25, reassured supporters that his injury was “not a big problem”.
Arsenal are likely to be without his services for Sunday’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Liverpool, but it was feared that he may be out for a lengthy period of time.
Arsene Wenger is under increasing amount of pressure to bolster his back line ahead of the new season, as Per Mertesacker has already been ruled out for a number of months, and with Laurent Koscielny still not back from his holidays following his Euro 2016 exertions, it leaves Wenger’s men very short at the back.
Gabriel had been pencilled in to start for the visit of Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal manager has already indicated he is still in the market for another defender, with Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi being high on his list.
The north London side have already recruited Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers this summer, who has impressed at the back with the likes of Calum Chambers and Krystian Bielik in pre-season.
However, it seems that Wenger still wants a more experienced name to add to his defence.
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