ARSENAL star Gabriel fought against a baseball bat-wielding robber attempting to steal a car from his garage.
The £27m centre-back and a friend were tracked home by a pair of thieves demanding the player’s car keys and mobile phone and watched as he stepped out of his car.
Shocking CCTV footage shows the hooded robber, Abderaham Muse, lunging at the Brazilian with a silver bat.
But the Gunners star stabbed him right in the face before struggling and grabbing his hat until the bandit escaped and fled with his gang past a third member of the gang to Make sure that the electronic ports outside the house remain open.
Muse, 26, was jailed for five years last month after police linked him to the August robbery via DNA from a hat that fell off during the altercation.
Footage from the 23-year-old defender’s garage shows the black Mercedes being pulled into the garage at his home in Barnet, north London, before he heads out with his friend Rodrigo Tavares.
After the two were approached by two robbers, Gabriel, who had joined Arteta’s faction from Lille last year, raised his hands in the air, removed his watch and handed the car keys to the thief.
Martin Lewis, prosecutor, told Harrow Crown Court: “There were no injuries but there was a lot of shock. By chance they chose two victims who were healthy and able to take care of themselves.”
Judge Anupama Thompson said there was no evidence Muse and his accomplices targeted Gabriel because he was a Premier League star. Rather they followed him to his house because he appeared to be a rich man.
“Even though you don’t specifically target the victim because he is a famous football player, there is a realization that this person is very rich and deserves to be robbed,” she said.
“You see a nice car and a nice house and think it’s a rich pick. Fortunately, thanks to the brave actions of those you targeted, there was no further damage.”
Muse, from Tottenham, has a string of convictions dating back to 2009, when he was arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon.
He obtained a license to attack Gabriel after being sentenced to 56 months for possession of heroin with intent to supply.
Judge Thompson told him: “You have a horrifying record for a 26-year-old man. This was a horrifying and terrifying attack on a group of people simply returning home after a night out. night out.”
Judge Thompson jailed Muse for five years for one count of robbery and one count of possession of an assault weapon. Muse’s two accomplices have yet to be arrested.
In July 2018, former Arsenal player Sead Kolasinac, 28, fought against two armed men who tried to rob him and his then teammate Mesut Ozil.
The footage showed the defender bravely fending off the attackers, Ashley Smith and Jordan Northover, who were later jailed for conspiracy to rob.
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