Gabriel Magalhaes says he could have risked playing in the Olympics despite his injury, but he prioritised Arsenal and the long term.
Speaking to ESPN this week, Gabriel admitted he could actually have played at the Olympics. He talked to the doctors, he talked to his family. Eventually, he decided to withdraw, despite the fact it was one of his dreams to take part in the event.
Discussing the decision, Gabriel said he was thinking about the new season with Arsenal. He says he could have risked it, but he’s happy with the choice he made.
“I could have even played in the competition,” Gabriel said of the Olympics. “But I thought a lot about the season. I thought of Arsenal too, and that I know they will need me a lot.
“I was there watching all the (Brazil) games, rooting for them a lot. I’m happy the players who went there were able to respond well by winning the Gold.
“But I’m happy to have returned (to fitness) and to have returned well and to be able to continue this journey.
“And of course, my dream is to play for the Seleção (the Brazil senior national team). So I’m going to work for it and I’m going to keep going.”
Arsenal will certainly be grateful for Gabriel’s decision. Not only has the initial disappointment and absence set him up in a much better fashion for the coming seasons, but he’s also performing excellently for the Gunners right now.