“Rock at the back” Kevin Campbell lavishes praise on impressive Arsenal man

Former Arsenal star, Kevin Campbell has praised Gabriel Magalhaes for his impact on the Gunners’ defence.

The Brazilian cost the club less than Ben White, who joined the Gunners in the last transfer window.

However, he seems to be the most important defender at the club right now.

Mikel Arteta struggled to find a partner for White when Gabriel was out injured. However, since his return to fitness, both players have combined to make the Arsenal defence watertight.

White is one of the best signings of the summer, but Campbell reckons it is Gabriel that makes the Englishman’s performance look good.

He praised him for his defensive qualities and his knack for scoring goals for the Gunners as well.

Campbell said to Football Insider: “Gabriel is the rock at the back.

“He got his goal last week as well. What more can you ask from your centre-back?

“We talked about getting him back after the first three games and what a difference he has made. He is a big player for Arsenal.

“I don’t think everybody realises just how important he is to that team. He makes everybody around him better. Ben White looks an accomplished player next to him.

“The back five looks very strong at the moment. Gabriel makes all of the players around him look better. It’s very promising.”

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Gabriel is another player showing that Edu and Mikel Arteta have a good eye for a player.

The Brazilian was among the first young players the Gunners added to their squad and he looks set to play an important role in their rebuild.

The former Lille man will hope to remain fit for the rest of the season so he can continue to deliver consistently for the Gunners throughout this season.

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