Gabriel made up for a terrible mistake to score the winner against Fulham and preserve leaders Arsenal’s winning start to the Premier League season.
The defender lost possession on the edge of his own penalty area, allowing Aleksandar Mitrovic to give Fulham the lead.
But after Martin Odegaard equalized with a deflected shot, Gabriel cleared it in the 85th minute with a jumbled finish from close range.
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale then made a crucial save to sack Nathaniel Chalobah with minutes remaining.
The win puts Arsenal in the lead with their fourth win in as many games, despite Fulham being largely frustrated.
Mikel Arteta’s side controlled possession and created countless opportunities – Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus all came close before Mitrovic stunned the Gunners with the opener.
Substitute Eddie Nketiah provided much needed energy for Arsenal when he was introduced shortly after Arteta’s side fell behind and after Odegaard’s impressive equalizer, Gabriel scrambled the ball after a desperate corner.
The result puts an end to Fulham’s unbeaten start to their return to the top, while Arsenal bolster their credentials as a growing force under Arteta.
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