Gabriel Magalhaes dropped a tooth on the Emirates Stadium pitch after being elbowed in the face as Arsenal celebrated departing defender David Luiz’s career at the club.
The 23-year-old set in a good screen as the Gunners listed a 2-0 win over Brighton over the last afternoon of the Premier League season as a result of a double from Nicolas Pepe.
But although not losing out on several duels in the game, the Brazil international would find himself overlooking one of his teeth shortly after Mikel Arteta’s squad had fulfilled in the middle of the pitch following the match to bid a final farewell to Luiz.
Gabriel Magalhaes (left) lost a tooth after parties with leaving defender David Luiz
Rodgers says that despite the pain of missing out on the UEFA Champions League next year, he is still proud of his Leicester team.
Since Sportsmail showed earlier that month, the 34-year-old — who gave an emotional farewell to his teammates from the dressing room before this week will leave the club when his contract expires next month.
Luiz didn’t feature against the Seagulls due to a knee injury suffered against Newcastle earlier this month, which proved to be his last match for the team.
And having made his way into his teammates one last time, Luiz — who joined the Gunners from Chelsea on transit day in the summer of 2019 — was hugged by Gabriel before others joined in with the celebrations.
It all seemed like a suitable send-off to one of Arsenal’s most charismatic stars however, the players — such as the duo’s compatriot Willian — were then laughing for an entirely different reason when Gabriel pointed in his teeth, indicating one had been knocked out.
Luiz (abandoned ) missed the victory because of trauma but combined his team-mates in the centre circle after the whistle to bid farewell
Gabriel spent approximately the next 20 minutes searching for the lost tooth with members of Gunners staff, before appearing like he had given up hope and calling it a day.
But posting on his Instagram story later that evening, Gabriel revealed that all was well, writing:’Dodon’t worry my friends, I found my tooth.’
The episode proved to be a funny ending to what had been a hugely disappointing season for Arteta’s men, with the team failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years following north London rivals Tottenham’s triumph at Leicester.
Arsenal completed five points better off than last season but failed to enhance on finishing eighth in 2019-20, while they were knocked from the Europa League at the semi-final point by former boss Unai Emery and his Villarreal side. +4
That then led to Gabriel hugging him but the laughter then turned towards the 23-year-old as he dropped his tooth
Their defence of the FA Cup ended as it had started with a third-round defeat at Southampton, while eventual winners Manchester City won 4-1 in the Emirates within their Carabao Cup quarter-final.
The Gunners consequently face a massive battle to reevaluate their squad without the earnings of qualifying for Europe, but that hasn’t stopped the Gunners from taking a look at quite a few choices.
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and Sheffield United counterpart Sander Berge have been linked with a move to the Emirates, while Arteta confirmed he would like to retain the services of Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard.
Meanwhile, the Luiz is the first of what might be a series of high profile departures this summer, with the futures Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette upward in the air.