Arsenal: Pundit issues two-word verdict on Gabriel leaving for Juventus

By Noel Whelan

3rd May, 2022 | 12:41pm

Arsenal transfer news: Pundit issues two-word verdict on Gabriel joining Juventus after update

There is “no way” Gabriel will be leaving Arsenal to join Juventus this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old will want to be involved with Mikel Arteta “building something special” at the Emirates Stadium.

According to Sky Italia (1 May), Juventus are interested in signing Gabriel this summer – and could offer Arthur Melo to Arsenal in an attempt to sweeten the deal.

The former Lille defender’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2025.

Gabriel notched his fourth league goal in 31 appearances this term as Arsenal scored a vital 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday (1 May).

Whelan insisted the Brazillian is loving life with the Gunners as they close in on a return to the Champions League.

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“There’s no way he’s going anywhere,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s under contract, and Arteta has brought him in for a reason – he’s building something special at Arsenal.

“He offers so much at the back, and he’s got real offensive danger from corners as well – as we saw against West Ham.

“It doesn’t seem to me like he’s hating life at Arsenal, either. I think it’s probably the opposite.

“I don’t think Juventus will be able to tempt him away, and I don’t think Arsenal are in a position where they need to sell him.

“They’re building something to really challenge, and they’ve knitted together a really special, young group of players.

They’re going to be around for the long term.”

In other news, pundit claims Arsenal may be taking “big risk” as “£45m” deal touted.