Injury expert urges Gabriel to invest in 'protective equipment' after gruesome Arsenal incident
It is time for Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes to invest in a mouthguard after yet another teeth injury.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Gabriel lost his two front teeth after a mid-air collision with Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the 0-0 draw at the Amex on 2 October.
The Sun reported the following day that the Brazilian made a midnight trip to an emergency dentist, where he was promptly fixed up.
Remarkably, Gabriel also lost teeth in a similar incident against Brighton on the final day of last season.
The defender is not expected to miss any football because of the injury.
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Granit Xhaka, who is out for up to three months with a knee injury, is the Gunners’ only major injury concern at present.
But Dinnery suggests that, after his expensive late-night trip to the dentist, Gabriel would be smart to take preventative measures.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s probably time for Gabriel to invest in some kind of mouthguard or protective equipment.
“He has had those teeth fixed within 24 hours. That won’t have come cheap.
“But you’re playing in games with big burly centre-forwards, you’re going to pick up knocks.
“These things happen, but you need to minimise the risk of injuring yourself.
“So maybe some sort of mouthguard might be necessary to prevent the loss of any further teeth.”