William Saliba and Gabriel have forged a strong partnership at the heart of Arsenal’s defense this season.
Both players were first-choice at the Emirates, a partnership that has forced Ben White to settle for a right-back role since the start of this season.
They were again in exceptional form as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta needed his men to be at their best to claim victory in this game and that’s exactly what happened.
Everyone contributed to the win, but Charles Watts singled out the defenders for special praise after another fine performance.
“Monstrous performances from Saliba and Gabriel today. Limiting Aubameyang to just eight touches while on the pitch. Broja fare no better. Absolutely immense Saliba. Gabriel with another vital goal. What a win.
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Saliba and Gabriel have been great players for us this season and they have contributed to our results.
Both defenders understand the demands placed on them and have been doing very well since we first paired them.
In this form, it is difficult for a centre-back for the club to break off their partnership this season, unless a serious long-term injury sidelines one of them.