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Gabriel pushed back two men who were trying to steal his car from his north London home in August as the Arsenal defender became the last Premier League footballer to be targeted by armed attackers.

Metropolitan Police released footage of the incident, in which Gabriel, who was with a friend, pushed a man with a baseball bat away.

The attacker, Abderaham Muse, was last month jailed for five years on one count of theft and one for possession of an offensive weapon.

The footage showed Muse – and an accomplice – confronting Gabriel in the garage of his home before the Arsenal center-back handed over his watch and car keys. There was also a second accomplice who was not shown on camera.

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Gabriel was “shocked” by an attempted theft from his home but showed “a lot of character” to deal with the problem, Mikel Arteta said.

The footage then showed Muse rushing at Gabriel, who defended himself and grabbed the attacker. Muse then fled with his accomplice, leaving the car intact.

Muse’s hat came off during the confrontation, providing police with DNA that allowed them to link it to the theft. None of Muse’s accomplices have been arrested.

Asked about the incident during his press conference on Wednesday, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta praised Gabriel’s bravery.

“It’s not a good thing to go through when your family is involved and they are trying to access your own home,” Arteta said.

Gabriel celebrates after giving Arsenal an early lead
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Gabriel scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Leicester earlier this season

“Gabi showed a lot of character shown by the reaction he got right away, thanks to the boy. After that he was fine. Obviously he was shocked and there were a few things in his life that he had to change to try and prevent these things from happening again.

“The club gave him all the support he needed to get over the situation, learn from it and move on.”

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac was the victim of an attempted armed robbery with then-teammate Mesut Ozil in July 2019. Kolasinac fought two gunmen outside his north London home and the duo took on then was imprisoned.

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Since missing the first three games of the season with a knee injury, Gabriel has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign.

The 23-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Lille for £ 27million in August 2020, has only been on the losing side once in his 10 appearances, helping the club climb to the fifth place in the standings ahead of Thursday’s trip to Manchester United.

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