Gabriel injury adds to Arsenal’s defensive woes

Arsenal’s defensive crisis worsened in Sweden as centre-half Gabriel was stretchered off late in the 3-2 win over Manchester City with what appeared a serious leg injury.

Sergio Ageuro gave City a first-half lead in Gothenburg, but second-half goals from Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Chuba Akpom put Arsenal clear before Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back near the end for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But Gabriel’s injury overshadowed a positive Arsenal attacking effort.

The Brazilian centre-back collided with Kelechi Iheanacho in stoppage time as both players battled for a loose ball which left Gabriel needing more than six minutes of treatment before leaving the field.

Arsenal already have Per Mertesacker already ruled out for months while Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal’s only other senior centre-half, will not be ready for the Premier League opener with Liverpool after his post Euro 2016 break.

Shane Long scored the only goal as Southampton completed an unbeaten pre-season by beating Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at St Mary’s.

After Saints dominated the opening period, Long powered onto Steven Davis’s pass to clip home just before the break. Long played just over an hour, before being replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

West Ham marked the official opening of the new London Stadium with an exciting 3-2 defeat by Juventus. Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the former Olympic Stadium, before two Andy Carroll goals had the Hammers level.

Carroll tapped in the first after Gianluigi Buffon had pushed away the forward’s header, and the England man rose again to a head in the equaliser from a Mark Noble free-kick. But Simone Zaza hit the winner in front of a crowd in excess of 50,000. Gonzalo Higuain, now the third-most expensive footballer in history, was introduced from the Juventus bench.

Chelsea completed their pre-season preparations with an impressive 4-2 victory over Werder Bremen in Germany.

Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Diego Costa all scored in the first half, while N’Golo Kante played 80 minutes in his first outing for Antonio Conte.

Claudio Pizarro scored a penalty for Bremen and Lennart Thy made it 3-2 after the hour. Sub Michy Batshuayi went close for Chelsea and Pedro wrapped up the win at the death.

A much-changed Liverpool side yesterday came down to earth after their 4-0 mauling of Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, slumping 4-0 at Mainz, where Jurgen Klopp first made his name. Daniel Brosinski, Jhon Cordoba, Yunus Malli and Yoshinori Muto scored the goals.


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