‘He didn’t like it’: Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal defender sent him private message after criticism

Rio Ferdinand has revealed Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was annoyed that the Manchester United legend criticized him.

The six-time Premier League winner has revealed that he was critical of Gabriel Magalhaes’ play last season, saying he was “most likely” to make a mistake in Arsenal’s back line and that he’s not the best player with the ball either be .

That led to the 25-year-old privately sending Ferdinand a message, explaining that while he “respects” the Arsenal star for speaking to him directly rather than using an agent, he felt that today’s players “can’t take criticism”. , as he said Mood with Five.

The irony here is that from that moment Gabriel has been benched by Mikel Arteta – Ian Wright has expressed his “concern” about the situation.

Despite forging a strong partnership with William Saliba last season, the Brazil star has now found Ben White has taken his place at the heart of the defence.

Ferdinand addressed the player’s abolition and explained how his earlier criticisms are now bearing fruit.

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“That’s what I said last year (Gabriel is the most likely to make a mistake),” said Ferdinand. “And he didn’t like it. He sent me a DM. In the DMs.

“This is a big deal. For me, the players today cannot take criticism. Today’s players, not all, I’ve had a few players come through their agents. I said, “Don’t let your agent talk to me.” “You make your player come and chat with me, and I’ll chat with him, no problem.”

“Yes, he (Gabriel) came straight to me, which I respect. But at the same time, I don’t think he understood what I said for what it was.

“I’m a centre-back and I see certain traits in your game that you need to eliminate because your manager recognizes them and says, ‘I don’t want them on my team’.” It kind of plays out now because he’s not playing. Maybe it’s because I said, “There can’t even be a lack of concentration, otherwise he’s not as good on the ball as others.”

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Will Gabriel return for the Manchester United game?

Thomas Partey plays at Arsenal right-back because he is the only fit player Arteta trusts to play the inverted role.

But Alex Zinchenko has since returned from injury. So if he starts at left-back against Man United on Sunday, that could see Partey returning to midfield, White back to right-back and Gabriel returning to the eleven.

Gabriel himself will hope that’s the case, as he must have already knocked on Arteta’s door and asked him why he wasn’t starting.

The ‘Didn’t Like It’ post: Rio Ferdinand says the Arsenal defender sent him a private message after criticism first surfaced on HITC.

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