By Michael Cantillon
Gabriel is in contention to face Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Champions League showdown.
The Brazilian defender missed the 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday with an illness but has returned to full health and is set to be in Arsene Wenger’s squad for the clash at Emirates Stadium.
Wenger reported that he had no new outfield injury concerns at his media conference ahead of Tuesday’s match.
“Gabriel is back available and everybody has recovered from Saturday,” Wenger said. “Otherwise the same as Watford”.
But David Ospina, who was selected ahead of Petr Cech for the 3-2 defeat against Olympiakos three weeks ago, is injured and is not available.
Fit-again Laurent Koscielny replaced Gabriel against Watford but, with the Frenchman regarded as the club’s No1 centre-back, Wenger must decide whether to recall the promising Gabriel or stick with the experience of Per Mertesacker.
The manager recognises the size of his team’s task against in-form Bayern, who have set a new Bundesliga record by winning their first nine League matches of the season, but believes they can be beaten.