Thursday 19 January 2017

Gabriel injury adds to Wenger's woes

Jamie Holland

Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30

Gabriel was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short. Photo: Reuters / Adam Holt
Gabriel was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short. Photo: Reuters / Adam Holt

Arsenal's 3-2 pre-season victory over rivals Manchester City yesterday was marred by an ankle injury to central defender Gabriel late on.

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Theo Walcott set up Alex Iwobi to equalise after Segio Aguero's opener and then scored himself to put City 2-1 up. Chuba Akpom pounces on a Joe Hart error to make it 3-1 and Kelechi Iheanacho's goal was nothing more than a consolation as both sides rounded off their pre-season campaign.

Gabriel, however, was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short.

"He's in pain. Let's hope that the pain is not a sign of bad news. It's certainly an ankle sprain."

Elsewhere, Andy Carroll scored his first goals at the London Stadium as West Ham officially opened their new home with a 3-2 friendly defeat to Juventus.

The Hammers may have already hosted their first game at the venue when they beat Slovenian minnows NK Domzale in a Europa League qualifier three days ago.

But their grand opening was reserved for the Italian champions and striker Carroll quickly looked at home in his new surroundings with two well-taken strikes.

However, Italy striker Simone Zaza, a reported transfer target for the Hammers, secured victory for the visitors with six minutes left.

Chelsea ended their pre-season on a high with a 4-2 win over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion in Germany.

Jurgen Klopp's return to Mainz ended in a one-sided defeat as Liverpool were beaten 4-0 in their final pre-season game yesterday.

Having made nine changes from the team that beat Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley just 24 hours earlier, the Reds produced a vastly inferior performance and created hardly any chances of note at the Opel Arena.

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