Despite attacking with a baseball bat: Arsenal star kicks out thieves

Shocking attack on Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes: The Brazilian was attacked with a baseball bat in his garage.

London – Not only a good defender on the field: a defender Gabriel Magalhaes (23) He defeated two armed robbers in his possession in London.

Gabriel Magalhaes (23, left) here against England star Harry Kane (28), playing in north London since summer 2020. © Glyn Kirk / PA Wire / dpa

Arsenal’s defense specialist was on his way home with a friend. When the two got out of the car, they were approached by two masked men in the garage of soccer professionals.

The criminals followed the main target and wanted to steal his Mercedes, which is worth around €52,000. They also asked the 23-year-old defender’s cell phone to watch, like that daily Mail mentioned.

One of the offenders (26) then attacked the Brazilian with a baseball bat, but the athlete hit the attacker in the face, grabbed him and pushed him to the ground.

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The robber managed to free himself, but then escaped and also lost his hat. Gabriel and his friend were unhurt in the attack.

The police were later able to identify a criminal based on DNA traces from his hat. The 26-year-old has also been linked to other crimes in the past and has now been sentenced to five years in prison by a British court.

However, his partner is still at large.

Relentless on and off the field: Gabriel (23, third from left) not only threw everything against Sergio Aguero (33), but also released two thieves.

Relentless on and off the field: Gabriel (23, third from left) not only threw everything against Sergio Aguero (33), but also released two thieves. © Michael Reagan / PA Wire / dpa

This was not the first time that a professional footballer had been robbed in the English capital. Several similar incidents occurred in the past year. Jan Vertonghen (34) and Dele Alli (25) were victims of a break-in, and in September of this year, Chelsea defender Reece James (21) was injured.

And for Arsenal, this is not the first contact with such violent crimes: in the summer of 2019, the former German international Mesut Ozil (33 years old) was attacked in his car. His teammate Sid Kolasinac (28) prevented the worst with his valiant efforts and drove off the knife-armed attackers.

At that time Gabriel had not yet played for the team of coach Mikel Arteta (39). The left footer moved from LOSC Lille to the Thames in the summer of 2020 for around €26 million. Since then, the 1.90m high cannon has evolved to become a mainstay in the North London defensive network.

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Along with newcomer Ben White (24), the centre-back duo have already lost six goals this season and are emblematic of the England champions’ 13-time promotion in recent weeks.

As a bonus, Gabriel received a nomination for Selecao, but the Sao Paulo-born player did not make his national team debut in the international matches against Colombia and Argentina in mid-November.

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