Lightning struck twice in an unwanted way for Arsenal’s Gabriel as he came up against Brighton and again found himself looking for his tooth after he was involved in a collision
Arsenal’s Gabriel has been seen walking around the Amex Stadium pitch looking for his tooth, which was knocked out during the draw with Brighton.
The Gunners centre-half lost a tooth during a collision with Lewis Dunk and Robert Sanchez as his side battled to a 0-0 stalemate on the south coast.
Gabriel ran over to the touchline and handed part of the tooth to Arsenal coach Shad Forsythe.
After the full-time whistle, the Brazilian returned to the empty pitch and was seen wandering around the box looking for what is presumed to be the other bit of his tooth.
Remarkably, this is not the first time Gabriel, 23, has been seen looking for his tooth, as he also lost one during a clash with the Seagulls last season.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal star will no doubt be pleased with yet another clean sheet, especially as Brighton had their opponents on the back foot.
The Seagulls have started the season impressively and dominated at the Amex, but couldn’t break the deadlock.
It is the third shut out in four games for Gabriel and Ben White as a defensive pairing.
Mikel Arteta admits communication between the pair is difficult but praised them both.
“Gabi’s still struggling a little bit with the language,” said the Arsenal boss.
“They’ve gained a good connection, a good chemistry. Their qualities match each other really well. I thought both of them today were terrific.”
Arteta also confessed that a draw was the most Arsenal deserved from their trip south.
The Gunners had won their last three in the Premier League but were second best for much of the contest.
“I think it was a point gained because I don’t think we deserved anything more than that,” claimed the Spaniard.
“We never felt in control of the game, struggled to break the press and they made it really tough for us.”
Seagulls boss Graham Potter was particularly upbeat at his side’s effort but bemoaned the fact they couldn’t find the decisive goal.
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Converting chances was a problem for Brighton last term, but they had been far more potent this season prior to the visit of Arsenal.
“The performance was fantastic,” said Potter.
“I loved our intensity, our courage. I thought it was a wonderful performance and I’m really proud.
“The hardest part of football is putting the ball in the net but we tried everything. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve, but that’s life. We can take a lot from the performance.
“We’ve been playing well for a while and our performances are consistent. Lots of our performances last season were good but we weren’t getting the result so I had to answer questions on that which is normal.
“That was a step up in performance today. It was as close to perfect as you can get, especially in that first half.”