WATCH: Arsenal defender Gabriel fought off baseball bat-wielding robber
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Arsenal defender Gabriel fought off an attacker wielding a baseball bat during an attempted robbery at his north London home in August, the Daily Mail reported.
Gabriel, 23, and a friend were followed home by two men wearing masks and hoods who tried to steal his car, phone and watch, the report said.
A video appeared to show one of the attackers lunging at Gabriel with a bat before the Arsenal defender punched him in the face and grapples with him.
Watch as Arsenal defender Gabriel fights off a baseball-bat wielding thief who attempted to steal his Mercedes from his garage...— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 1, 2021
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The attacker, Abderaham Muse, was jailed for five years over one count of robbery and one of possession of an offensive weapon after police traced DNA from his hat which fell off during the scuffle, the report added.
🗣 "Credit to the boy, he was shocked, there are a few things he wanted to change in his life to prevent those things happening."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 1, 2021
Mikel Arteta on Gabriel's incident that saw the player having to fight off a thief pic.twitter.com/uny0e991EQ
Two accomplices have not been caught.
Reuters has requested comment from Arsenal.
"No injuries were suffered but a great deal of shock was caused," Martin Lewis, prosecuting, told Harrow Crown Court, according to the report. "They happened to pick on two victims who were very fit and able to look after themselves."
Gabriel has made 33 Premier League appearances for Arsenal in all competitions since joining from Ligue 1 side Lille last year.