The absence of Arsenal star Gabriel provides an opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s theory to be proven correct.

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The absence of Arsenal’s Gabriel provides an opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s theory to be proven correct.

GABRIEL MAGALHAES will miss Arsenal’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

Arsene Wenger sarcastically apologized that Rob Holding did not cost Arsenal £55 million because he was tired of constant calls to invest in his squad.

“Today, no one is talking about Rob Holding’s performance.

“You should be happy; he’s English, he’s 20 years old, but he didn’t cost £55 million, so it can’t be good,” the frustrated Frenchman said after a 0-0 Premier League away draw with Leicester City in 2016.

Holding will take to the field this weekend dressed entirely in white, but not as a member of a Tottenham Hotspur team, but as part of a Gunners team wearing a special all-white kit to promote their magnificent “No More Red” campaign, which combats knife crime and youth violence.

Holding Arsenal through and through and not carrying the burden of a £55 million price tag, just like the many youngsters Mikel Arteta’s side hopes to inspire

Since Wenger’s departure, defenders have proven to be a difficult purchase for the Gunners, but Mikel Arteta appears to have found the perfect balance with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Unfortunately, two rash decisions in the 2-1 loss at home to Manchester City resulted in the latter’s dismissal for two bookable offences.

Now it’s up to Holding to prove Gabriel’s absence is unfounded.

And Arteta has reason to be concerned, given what happened during his last extended absence from the starting lineup.

When Arsenal lost their first three Premier League games to Brentford, Chelsea, and Manchester City, Gabriel was nursing a knee injury. They conceded nine goals in the process.

Arsenal’s season got off to a flying start when the 23-year-old was reintroduced to the starting lineup, and he went on to keep five clean sheets in an impressive eight-match unbeaten streak.

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In Arsenal’s FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest, Holding will almost certainly be used.

Arsenal will be the overwhelming favourites at the City Ground, based on their recent form and obvious status as a Premier League team.

The hosts, on the other hand, are on a three-match winning streak and will be backed by a raucous home crowd.

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