Arsene Wenger has revealed Gabriel’s upset at his role in Everton’s goal on Saturday, but the Arsenal manager has paid tribute to the “fighting leader”.
After Arsenal had established a two-goal lead thanks to headers from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, the Brazilian defender tried to block a Ross Barkley shot but succeeded only in diverting the ball beyond Petr Cech.
The Gunners held on through the second half to claim a 2-1 victory at the Emirates to briefly go top of the Premier League table, and Wenger has praised Gabriel for the way he recovered after half-time.
The manager said: “He’s shown that he’s a fighter.
“At half-time he was so upset at the deflection but in the second half he came out again with the same spirit, a fantastic combative aspect.
“He’s not a talking leader, he’s a fighting leader, and he’s a typical centre back for the Premier League.”