Arsenal star Gabriel fought off baseball-bat-wielding robbers who followed him and demanded his car, new footage has revealed.
A new report from Daily Mail reveals footage of Gabriel and a friend be followed home by two robbers who demanded the footballer’s car keys to his £45,000 Mercedes, as well as his mobile phone and watch, as he got out of his vehicle.
The footage shows Gabriel remove his watch and hand it to the attacker with his car keys, before quickly responding to scare off the bungling burglars.
One of the attackers, named Abderaham Muse, swung for the Gunners star with the bat, but Gabriel responded with a punch to the face before an ensuring brawl saw Gabriel grab the masked man’s hat, before the robbers fled the scene past a third accomplice tasked with ensuring the secure gate didn’t close.
The 26-year-old attacker was jailed for five years last month after police linked him to the robbery in August through DNA from the hat that had fallen off during the scuffle.
Watch as Arsenal defender Gabriel fights off a baseball-bat wielding thief who attempted to steal his Mercedes from his garage…
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Gabriel joined Arsenal for £27million from French side Lille last year. He was out with 23-year-old friend Rodrigo Tavares.
Martin Lewis, prosecuting, told Harrow Crown Court, “No injuries were suffered but a great deal of shock was caused. They happened to pick on two victims who were very fit and able to look after themselves.”
The presiding judge, Anupama Thompson, refuted speculation that Gabriel was targeted specifically, stating the robbers had followed him to his home because he appeared to be wealthy. Muse, from Tottenham, has a string of convictions dating back to 2009, when he was caught in possession of a prohibited weapon. He was on licence when he attacked Gabriel after being given a 56-month sentence for possessing heroin with intent to supply.
He was jailed for five years on one account of robbery and one account of possessing an offensive weapon. However, the other two men remain at large.
Gabriel has played 33 times for Arsenal since his transfer in September last year and was named in the Brazil squad for last summer’s Olympics, but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. This coincided with the time of the attack.
Back in July 2019, another Arsenal footballer, Sead Kolasinac, fought off two armed men who tried to rob him and then team-mate Mesut Ozil of their luxury watches outside his home in Hampstead.