Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes after he scored his second goal for the club against Wolves last weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Gunners striker claimed his former club have “been crying out for” a physically dominant defender like Gabriel for a decade.
The Brazilian has started nine of Arsenal’s 10 Premier League games this term after his summer move from Lille.
Only goalkeeper Bernd Leno has played more times than the 22-year-old in the league this season.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Gabriel’s start to life in north London, Campbell said: “Arsenal have been crying out for a dominant centre-back and centre-midfielder for a decade now. For the first time in 10 years, one manager has addressed it in one window.
“Gabriel is amazing in the air, a great leap on him and you saw that with the goal last week. A great cross from Willian, a player that is subject to a bit of criticism from Arsenal fans at the moment. It was a great goal, a great leap and a great header from Gabriel.
“I hope that he can be the defender that can solidify the back and score some goals as well. Unfortunately, the people that you want to be scoring are not at the moment. We need to take goals from anywhere right now.”
The Gunners paid the French side a reported £27million fee, including add ons, for the 22-year-old.
He missed just four Ligue 1 games for Lille in their last campaign and helped the club to a fourth-place finish as the league was decided by points-per-game.