Arsenal star Gabriel praised for how he dealt with robbery

Brazilian defender was followed home by three men who demanded his car keys

Friday, 3rd December 2021 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães

The incident happened last August, shortly after the 23-year-old arrived from French club Lille

ARSENAL manager Mikel Arteta has praised one of his star players for how he responded to a confrontation with a baseball-wielding thief.

Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães – usually known just by his first name – was followed home by three men who demanded his car keys.

A struggle ensued in the garage of Gabriel’s home with the thief, later identified as 20-year-old Abdi Muse, escaping with the keys but not the vehicle.

Mr Arteta told a press conference this week: “It’s not a nice thing to go through, when you have family involved and they’re trying to access your house. Gabby showed a lot of character, you see the reaction that he had straight away.”

He added: “Credit to the boy. After that he was fine. He was shocked and obviously he wanted to change a few things in his life to make sure that ­didn’t happen again.”

The incident happened last August shortly after the 23-year-old arrived as a marquee signing from French club Lille.

“The club gave him all the support that was needed to try and help him forget about the situation, learn about it and move on,” Mr Arteta said.

Muse later admitted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Harrow Crown Court, where he was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence. Two accomplices who were with him on the night of the incident have not been traced.

In 2019, the World Cup winner Mesut Özil and his then Arsenal teammate Saed Kolisinac also resisted a robbery attempt when thieves tried to steal their watches in Hampstead only for Kolisinac to fight them off.

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