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Gabriel Magalhaes was left very angry with one Arsenal teammate in defeat to FC Porto

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was seen screaming at one of his teammates during the Champions League defeat to Porto

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Arsenal suffered a heart-wrenching defeat against Porto in a nail-biting Champions League round-of-16 clash on Wednesday night. 

Making their first appearance in the Champions League knockout stage since 2017, the Gunners experienced early jitters as Declan Rice received a yellow card within the first 80 seconds, setting the tone for a tense match.

The Gunners had a tough night in Portugal, failing to register a shot on target throughout the duration of the game and slumped to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Galeno superb 94th minute goal that caught David Raya off guard.

The match was heading for a goalless draw, but ultimately ended in disappointment for Arsenal, putting more pressure on the team to get a comprehensive victory in the return leg in England next month to advance to the quarter-finals.

Despite the defeat, the Gunners contested and fought favourably with their host, and their endeavour was demonstrated by Gabriel Magalhaes who was seen screaming at defensive partner William Saliba earlier in the game.

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In the 21st minute, Saliba inexplicably allowed the ball to bounce in front of him within Arsenal’s box, giving Galeno an opportunity that, fortunately for the Gunners, hit the post. Gabriel, visibly frustrated, vocally expressed his discontent with Saliba’s defensive lapse, emphasising the costly mistake that nearly backfired.

Arsenal are still a very young side in the competition and will only get better. Among the teams participating in the Champions League knockout stages, The Gunners have the second-youngest squad, trailing only behind PSG. In the match against Porto, a striking aspect was that 10 out of the 11 starting players were making their debut in the knockout stage of this tournament, a fact that was evident in their gameplay.

The standout statistic was the absence of any shots on target during the entire 94-minute match, a surprising turn of events considering Arsenal’s impressive track record of scoring 21 times in their last five games. This marked the first time in two years that Arsenal failed to test the opposition goalkeeper. The last such occurrence was in a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. Following that defeat, as revealed in the Amazon Prime documentary, Mikel Arteta candidly informed his players that they were “nowhere near” the required level and urged them to elevate their standards.

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