Campbell hails 'brilliant' Gabriel after 'incredible' Arsenal reveal
Kevin Campbell has credited Gabriel Magalhaes for transforming Arsenal upon his return to the starting XI.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker said the 23-year-old “is the main man” in defence for Mikel Arteta’s side in light of his domineering performance against Burnley.
Arsenal have kept back-to-back clean sheets since the Brazilian centre-half returned to the side against Norwich City.
Arteta told club media Gabriel is a player “with an incredible future” after their 1-0 victory over Burnley last Saturday.
Campbell claimed the centre-half makes everyone around him better.
“Gabriel is Brazilian but he has British traits in him,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
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“He has that aggression and toughness about him. He has that mentality of, ‘I’m going to dominate my opponent.’
“It’s important to remember that he’s only still young. Other players have improved since he’s come back. I have got to dovetail him with Ramsdale because he has been brilliant as well.
“Arsenal tend to have problems with Wood and Barnes but Gabriel snuffed them out. He dealt with the physical issues very well.
“A lot of people had a dig at Ben White but I thought he did alright. Yes, the back-pass was short but that can happen.
“Gabriel is the main man back there though, everyone can see that now. He is the main defender Arsenal need. He makes everybody else better.”