- Gabriel and a friend are chased from home at night by two robbers
- Masked thugs took away footballer’s car keys, mobile phone and watch
- One of the attackers, Abderham Muse, attacked Brazil with the bat.
- The 26-year-old ran away before Gabriel hit her in the face and wrestled with her.
- Police link museum to DNA raid after his hat fell during clash
Arsenal star Gabriel fought a robber wielding a baseball bat who tried to steal a £45,000 Mercedes from his garage, sportsmail can reveal.
Gabriel and a friend were chased out of the house at night by two robbers, who demanded the footballer’s car keys, mobile phone and watch when he got out of his vehicle.
One of the attackers, Abderham Meuse, attacked Brazil with a bat, but Gabriel struck him in the face and wrestled with him, grabbing his cap, until the outlaw ran free.
Police last month jailed 26-year-old Muse for five years by using the DNA of a hat linked to an August robbery that fell during a scuffle.
Horrific CCTV footage played in court shows a black Mercedes pulling into the garage at Gabriel’s home in Barnet, north London, and making out with his friend Rodrigo Tavares, 23.
Muse and his companions, both wearing masks and hoods, walk into the garage and Muse holds the baseball bat to the footballer’s face.
Arsenal star Gabriel and a friend were chased home by two robbers one night
CCTV captures the moment Gabriel watches the armed robber with his car keys in hand
Gabriel, who joined Arsenal last year from French side Lille for £27m, puts his hands in the air and then takes out his watch and hands it to his attacker along with his car keys.
Muse then whispers with a baseball bat, but Gabriel pats him in the face and grabs his hand. The pair struggle for a moment, before the museum is freed and he and his partner leave the house, behind a third member of the gang, whose role was to ensure the electronic gates remain open outside.
Prosecutor Martin Lewis told Harrow Crown Court: ‘There were no injuries but a huge blow. They chose two victims who were very fit and able to take care of themselves.
Abderham Muse grabs a baseball bat to the footballer’s face and hits it
Judge Anupama Thompson said there was no evidence that Muse and his teammates targeted Gabriel because he was a star of the Premier League. Rather they followed him to his house because he seemed to be rich. “While you didn’t specifically target the victim being a famous footballer, it was felt that this person was wealthy and deserved to be robbed,” he said.
‘You saw a nice car and a nice house and thought it was a rich selection. Fortunately, thanks to the courageous actions of those you targeted, no more damage was done.’
Tottenham’s museum received multiple sentences in 2009 when he was caught in possession of a banned weapon.
He was on license when he assaulted Gabriel after being sentenced to 56 months for possession of heroin with intent to supply.
Police linked the robbery to the museum (L), 26, with DNA when his hat fell off during clashes
Judge Thompson told him: ‘You have a horrifying record for a 26-year-old. It was a horrific and horrific attack on a group of people who were coming home from outside at night.
Judge Thompson jailed the museum for five years on one count of robbery and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. Two companions of Saraswati have not been caught.
Gabriel has played 33 times for Arsenal since his transfer in September last year and was named in the Brazil squad for last summer’s Olympics, before being forced to withdraw due to a knee injury that also meant was that he was out of action when he was attacked. ,
Fellow Arsenal player Seid Kolasinac, 28, fought two armed men who tried to rob him and then teammate Mesut Ozil of their luxury watches outside his home in Hampstead in July 2019. Ashley Smith and her partner, Jordan Northover, were later jailed. In an attempted robbery that year.