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Gabriel: Arsenal’s Record-Breaking Defender


Gabriel Goals Propel Him to Premier League Summit

Since joining Arsenal in 2020, Gabriel has become a goal-scoring sensation, securing the top spot among Premier League defenders. With 12 league goals to his name since his move from Lille, Gabriel has outshone his counterparts, making him a vital asset for the Gunners.

Gabriel’s scoring prowess started on a high note, netting on his debut against Fulham in September 2020. His goal-scoring spree continued in the 2021/22 season, with crucial winners against Wolves and West Ham United. Last season added three more goals to his tally, including significant contributions against Fulham and Chelsea.

This season, Gabriel’s goal-scoring journey began in December when he headed in against Liverpool. With another goal against Crystal Palace, he has now scored twice in his last four Premier League appearances, matching his tally from the previous 49 outings.

The Brazilian defender’s remarkable feat extends beyond the Premier League, as he now stands among the top-scoring defenders in Europe’s major leagues. In the big five leagues of England, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, Gabriel ranks alongside full-backs and wing-backs, with only Bremer, his international teammate, joining him as a fellow center-back in the top ten.

Top-Scoring Defenders in Europe’s Big Five Leagues since 2020/21:

  1. Robin Gosens – 19
  2. Theo Hernandez – 19
  3. Achraf Hakimi – 19
  4. Nahuel Molina – 15
  5. Bremer – 14
  6. Raphael Guerreiro – 14
  7. Federico Dimarco – 14
  8. Ramy Bensebaini – 14
  9. Jeremie Frimpong – 14
  10. Gabriel – 12

In Arsenal’s history, Gabriel now shares the top-scoring defender position with club legends Tony Adams and William Gallas, all boasting 12 Premier League goals. Surpassing this milestone would propel him to joint-second position alongside Thomas Vermaelen, though catching up with Laurent Koscielny’s record of 22 goals remains a formidable challenge.

Top-Scoring PL Defenders in Arsenal’s History:

  1. Laurent Koscielny – 22
  2. Thomas Vermaelen – 13
  3. Tony Adams – 12
  4. Gabriel – 12
  5. William Gallas – 12
  6. Lee Dixon – 9
  7. Kolo Toure – 9
  8. Hector Bellerin – 8
  9. Sol Campbell – 8
  10. Ashley Cole – 8

Gabriel’s goal-scoring prowess reflects not only his individual brilliance but also his significant contribution to Arsenal’s defensive strength. As he continues to find the back of the net, Gunners fans can anticipate more celebrations from the Brazilian center-back in the seasons to come.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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