Declan Rice blown away by 26-year-old Arsenal star vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal picked up a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace this afternoon, and Declan Rice seems impressed by Gabriel Magalhaes’ performance.

The Gunners were far from their best today, but they still managed to batter the Eagles. They smashed five past them and Gabriel played a huge part in two of Arsenal‘s goals.
Declan Rice impressed by Arsenal teammate Gabriel Magalhaes vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal went into the game against Crystal Palace today on the back of just one win in seven fixtures.

Gabriel Magalhaes opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a lovely header from Declan Rice‘s corner. He showed great hunger and desire to score.
The Brazilian was involved again 26 minutes later. His header struck Palace keeper Dean Henderson before going in. Sadly, that was awarded as an own goal.

Along with that, Gabriel was solid at the back. He dealt with Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably and helped his side keep a clean sheet.

The 26-year-old was named the Man of the Match for his performance, and he completely deserved the recognition.
Gabriel took to Instagram after the game to celebrate his goal, Man of the Match award and of course, the win. Rice, who seemed really impressed with the Brazilian’s display, showed him some love.

“Monster,” he wrote along with a heart emoji.

Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar commented: “Well deserved Gabi!”
A look at Gabriel’s stats vs Crystal Palace

Gabriel Magalhaes’ performances often go under the radar at Arsenal because of the brilliance of the man next to him – William Saliba.
However, the Brazilian is a really consistent performer as well, and his contribution to Arsenal over the last few years have been amazing.

Against Crystal Palace today, Gabriel had 69 touches of the ball and completed 45 of his 51 attempted passes, maintaining a very good 88 per cent passing accuracy. He also made six clearances, blocked a shot and won eight of his 12 attempted duels (SofaScore).

The Brazilian was given an 8.4/10 rating by SofaScore for his display – only Gabriel Jesus got a higher score among all the other players who started the game.

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