Gabriel Magalhaes said the team helped him get his head up after his mistake against Fulham, allowing him to score the winning goal.
When the final whistle blew on Saturday, Gabriel Magalhaes was Arsenal’s match-winner with a late goal to break Fulham hearts.
Yet it was a very different story half an hour earlier, as Gabriel gifted Fulham their opening goal with a mistake on the ball that allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to score.
Speaking after the game, Gabriel admitted he was downcast after Fulham’s opener, but his teammates helped to lift him up.
“After I lose the ball, my head is down,” Gabriel said. “But I look [at] my brothers, they say ‘Gabby, let’s go, let’s go!’, and I put my head up.
“And I’m so happy to score, and the team and the supporters helped me.”
Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard were two of the players to go to Gabriel after his goal and try to console him.
Ramsdale initially looked disappointed to have conceded, but when he spotted Gabriel with his shirt over his face, he went over to give the Brazilian a couple of words of motivation.
It’s not the first time Arsenal have had to lift a defender after a mistake this season. It was the same after William Saliba’s own goal against Leicester City.
Just as with Gabriel, Ramsdale was one of the first on the scene to help Saliba out, before the fans clapped and cheered Saliba’s name in the following minutes.
Young defenders will make mistakes, that much is inevitable. But the response in both cases has been great to see.