And with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker both set to miss the club’s Premier League opener against Liverpool, Gunners fans were rightfully concerned about the health of the Brazil international.
However, Gabriel has since logged on to his Instagram account in a bid to reassure supporters that his injury “is not a big problem.”
Gabriel has struggled for consistency since signing from Villarreal in January 2015, with fans raising concerns about his temprement and his ability to play alongside Koscielny.
However, with both Koscielny and Mertesacker out, a lengthy spell on the sidelines for Gabriel would force Arsene Wenger to play both Calum Chambers and new boy Rob Holding.
Arsenal’s depleted backline has reportedly persuaded Wenger to look at defensive reinforcements, with both West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi linked with moves to the Emirates.
Arsenal CB Gabriel out 6/8wks – ankle sprain. Not quite as bad as he 1st feared but #AFC stepping up pursuit of Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2016
Some reports even suggest that Arsenal may submit a £30 million offer for Mustafi in the next few days.