Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Gabriel will be out for six to eight weeks and won’t need surgery on his
ankle.

Fellow centre-back Per Mertesacker is out for four months while Laurent Koscielny just returned to training after his
Euro 2016 exertions.

He was askeed during his Friday’s press conference ahead of the Gunners’ first game of the 2016/2017 season against
Liverpool if Manchester City paying £49m for John Stones inflated prices for centre-halves.

“Yes, in England transfer fees are very high with the influx of money and outside of England it is very high because
we’re English.

“It is harder to convince people that you can buy good players at a reasonable price.”

The Frenchman added he has “even more anxiety this season, because we want to do well more than ever because the top
clubs now have new ambition.”

“We want to transfer the confidence we got from pre-season to the Premier League. It promises to be a very exciting
season.”

According to the club’s official twitter account, Wenger insists the club could still sign a top talent if available:
“If we find top quality, we’ll strengthen our squad.”

The Arsenal vs Liverpool game at the Emirates Stadium kick off 5pm Nigerian time.