‘Angry words exchanged between Saliba and Gabriel’

Arsenal defensive pair William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes were involved in a heated bust-up after 1-0 win over Leicester

Arsenal increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners earned their 18th league victory of the season when Gabriel Martinelli scored inside the first minute of the second half.

Leandro Trossard played the Brazilian through, as he tucked the ball beyond Danny Ward.

Once again, a lot of dubious official actions will cast a shadow over the victory.

Trossard’s spectacular goal in the opening period was overturned by VAR because Ben White had fouled Danny Ward from the opening corner.

A few minutes later, Leicester defender Harry Souttar avoided giving away a penalty after appearing to pull Bukayo Saka down inside the penalty area.

Despite video analysis of the incident, Arsenal was not given a penalty. Hence, we can call it another VAR incident not to be remembered.

The Gunners were able to cling on against Brendan Rodgers’ team with little difficulty, putting further space between themselves and Manchester City.

Meanwhile, the current English champions also cruise past Bournemouth later on the day by 4-1 to restore the difference from the league leaders.

Nonetheless, despite the much-needed victory, some players had a brief moment of dissatisfaction.

William Saliba fumed at Gabriel James McNicholas of The Athletic claims that defence teammates William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes got into a fight on the field.

On Twitter, McNicholas, @Gunnerblog, wrote: “A few angry words exchanged between Saliba and Gabriel at full-time. Frenchman appeared to push his partner away. Some sort of disagreement. Sure it’ll blow over.”

However, it’s still unclear what phrases were exchanged. After their 10th clean sheet in the league this season, Arsenal supporters are unlikely to be alarmed by the scale of the incident.

Mikel Arteta’s team will now be preparing to welcome struggling Everton at their home turf in a mid-week Wednesday night clash.

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