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Gabriel Magalhães
Gabriel with Lille in 2019
Personal information
Full name Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 6
Youth career
2012–2016 Avaí
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Avaí 34 (2)
2017–2018 Lille II 7 (0)
2017–2020 Lille 39 (2)
2017–2018Troyes (loan) 1 (0)
2018Dinamo Zagreb (loan) 1 (0)
2020– Arsenal 132 (14)
International career
2017 Brazil U20 7 (0)
2020–2021 Brazil U23 4 (0)
2023– Brazil 7 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:09, 28 June 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:36, 28 June 2024 (UTC)

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡabɾiˈɛw dus ˈsɐ̃tuz maɡaˈʎɐ̃js];[3] born 19 December 1997), also simply known as Gabriel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as centre-back for Premier League club Arsenal and the Brazil national team.

Club career[edit]

Avaí[edit]

Gabriel Magalhães was born in the Pirituba District of São Paulo. At age 13, Gabriel began his career at Avaí but returned to São Paulo after a week due to homesickness. However, he reconsidered his decision and returned to Avaí after two weeks, eventually going on to earn his first professional contract at age 16.[4] He went on to be part of the team that won promotion to Brasileiro Série A in 2017.[5]

Lille[edit]

Gabriel with Troyes in 2017

On 31 January 2017, Gabriel Magalhães joined Ligue 1 side Lille, signing a four and a half-year contract. When he arrived, Gabriel taught himself French and went on to conduct most of his interviews in the language.[6] After playing several matches for Lille II, he was loaned to fellow Ligue 1 side Troyes,[7] before joining Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, where he made just one league appearance for each club's senior team.[8]

Gabriel returned to Lille in 2018, starting his first match on 10 February 2019 against relegation-threatened Guingamp in a 2–0 win. He went on to make 14 appearances over the course of the season, scoring his first goal for Lille in a 5–1 win against Paris Saint-Germain on 14 April 2019.[9]

The following season, Gabriel began to play more regularly, forming a centre-back partnership with José Fonte. Gabriel was a starter in all six of Lille's Champions League group stage matches.[10] On 31 January 2020, he extended his contract with Lille until 2023.[11]

Lille manager Christophe Galtier spoke about the defender's patience, saying "I saw he had great potential and he was able to seize the first opportunity he got. He was hungry to play, and while he bided his time, he worked a lot. He's an example for other youngsters to follow. It's a sort of intelligence to behave like that. How often nowadays do you see players not working if they're not in the squad?"[12]

Arsenal[edit]

On 1 September 2020, Arsenal announced the signing of Gabriel Magalhães on a long-term contract.[13] Interest in the Brazilian was reportedly high, with multiple clubs willing to match the valuation set by Lille.[14][15] Gabriel joined for a fee reaching the region of £27m after add-ons.[16]

2020–21 season[edit]

On 12 September, the opening day of the season, Gabriel made his debut for Arsenal, scoring the second goal in a 3–0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.[17] Following his performance in Arsenal's 2–1 win against West Ham United on 19 September 2020, Gabriel was awarded Arsenal's player of the month award for September.[18] He won the award again in October after featuring in five of Arsenal's six games in the month.[19] Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke highly of Gabriel's early performances, saying "you move him from France to here at an early age, without talking the language, to adapt to a new way of playing as well... [but] he has done it really quickly and is showing a great mentality as well."[20]

Despite Arsenal's poor form in late 2020, Gabriel was awarded his third player of the month award in December after his performances in Arsenal's 1–0 win against Manchester United on 1 November and their 0–0 draw against Leeds United on 22 November.[21] On 29 November, Gabriel scored his first goal at the Emirates during Arsenal's 2–1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.[22] Gabriel received his first red card for Arsenal on 16 December in a home game against Southampton, after being given two yellow cards in the space of five minutes for fouls on Ché Adams and Theo Walcott.[23]

2021–22 season[edit]

Gabriel played in all but three of Arsenal's Premier League games.[24] He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–0 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on 30 October 2021.[25]

On 1 January 2022, he was sent off in the second half of Arsenal's home game against Manchester City, with the score level at 1–1. With Arsenal down to ten men, Rodri scored the winning goal for City in stoppage time to make it 2–1.[26]

He scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 10 February,[27] and also got the winning goal against West Ham in a 2–1 win at the London Stadium on 1 May.[28] Gabriel finished the season with five Premier League goals.[29]

2022–23 season[edit]

Gabriel scored the winning goal against Fulham in the Premier League on 27 August 2022. He had made a mistake that allowed Aleksandar Mitrović to open the scoring, but his goal in the 86th minute gave Arsenal all three points in a 2–1 win.[30][31]

On 21 October 2022, Arsenal announced that Gabriel had signed a new long-term contract with the club.[32]

He scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November.[33] On 12 March 2023, he scored against Fulham again, heading in Arsenal's first goal in their 3–0 win at Craven Cottage. This was his third goal in four games against the Cottagers.[34][35]

2023–24 season[edit]

On 17 September 2023, Gabriel made his 100th Premier League appearance in Arsenal's win against Everton at Goodison Park.[36][37] He scored his first goal of the 2023–24 season in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.[38]

Gabriel scored the first two goals in Arsenal's 5–0 win against Crystal Palace on 20 January 2024. The second goal had initially been credited as an own goal by Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Arsenal appealed the decision, and the Premier League's Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel subsequently awarded the goal to Gabriel. It was his first brace for the club.[39][40]

He made his 150th Arsenal appearance on 11 February, scoring the third goal against West Ham in a 6–0 win at the London Stadium.[41][42]

International career[edit]

Gabriel Magalhães represented Brazil at under-20 level at the 2017 South American U-20 Championship.[43][6] On 14 November 2020, he made his international debut with Brazil's under-23 national side in a 3–1 win over South Korea's under-23s in an international friendly.[44][45] On 17 June 2021, he was named in the squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but was forced to withdraw with a knee injury on 6 July.[46][47]

In August 2023, Gabriel received his first call-up to the Brazil senior national team by interim head coach Fernando Diniz, for two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Bolivia and Peru.[48][49] On 12 October 2023, Gabriel scored his first goal for Brazil in a 1–1 draw against Venezuela during the same World Cup qualifications.[50]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as one of the best center-backs in the world, Gabriel Magalhães is a left-footed centre-back who normally plays on the left side of a centre-back partnership. However, Gabriel can also play as part of a back three.[12] Despite his height, Gabriel is known for being fast. Christophe Galtier spoke about Gabriel, saying "He has a lot of character for a 22-year-old boy. Despite his 190cm height, he is super fast and covers his side well. He is the player who has won the most aerial duels in the first part of the season."[51] Gabriel is also known for his distribution ability, generally looking to play the ball forward or to the left-back. In the 2019–20 season, Gabriel completed the most passes into the opposition half in all of Ligue 1.[52] According to his Lille teammate and mentor José Fonte, Gabriel "has to keep defending well by being aggressive, being well positioned, and not taking risks."[12]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2021, Gabriel announced his engagement to his girlfriend Gabrielle Figueiredo.[53] The couple got married in June 2023. Their first child, named Maya, was born in April 2022.[54]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2024[55]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State league[a] National cup[b] League cup[c] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Avaí 2016 Série B 21 1 13 1 4 0 1[d] 0 39 2
Lille 2016–17 Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19 Ligue 1 14 1 2 0 1 0 17 1
2019–20 Ligue 1 24 1 1 0 3 0 6[e] 0 34 1
Total 39 2 3 0 4 0 6 0 52 2
Troyes (loan) 2017–18 Ligue 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
Dinamo Zagreb (loan) 2017–18 Prva HNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
Arsenal 2020–21[24] Premier League 23 2 1 0 2 0 6[f] 1 0 0 32 3
2021–22 Premier League 35 5 0 0 3 0 38 5
2022–23 Premier League 38 3 2 0 1 0 7[f] 0 48 3
2023–24 Premier League 36 4 1 0 2 0 10[e] 0 1[g] 0 50 4
Total 132 14 4 0 8 0 23 1 1 0 168 15
Career total 194 17 13 1 13 0 13 0 29 1 2 0 264 19

International[edit]

As of match played 28 June 2024[56]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil
2023 6 1
2024 1 0
Total 7 1
As of match played 28 June 2024
Brazil score listed first, score column indicates score after each Gabriel goal.[56]
List of international goals scored by Gabriel Magalhães
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 12 October 2023 Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil 3  Venezuela 1–0 1–1 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification [57]

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal

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