Arsenal star Gabriel repelled a baseball bat wielding thief who attempted to steal his £ 45,000 Mercedes from his garage, Sportsmail can reveal.
Gabriel and a friend were followed home after a night out by two thieves who demanded the footballer’s car keys, cell phone and watch as he got out of his vehicle.
One of the forwards, Abderaham Muse, then rushed at the Brazilian with the bat, but Gabriel punched him in the face and struggled with him, grabbing his hat, until the thief got free and s ‘ran away.
Muse, 26, was jailed for five years last month after police linked him to the August robbery using DNA from the hat that fell during the scuffle.
Horrific CCTV footage released in court shows the black Mercedes entering the garage of Gabriel’s home in Barnet, north London, and the 23-year-old is dating his friend, Rodrigo Tavares.
Muse and his accomplice, both wearing masks and balaclavas, enter the garage and Muse holds the baseball bat up to the footballer’s face.
Arsenal star Gabriel and a friend were followed home after a night out by two thieves
CCTV captures the moment Gabriel hands over his car keys and watches the armed robber
Gabriel, who joined Arsenal for £ 27million from the French side of Lille last year, holds his hands in the air then takes off his watch and hands it to his attacker, along with his car keys.
Muse then throws himself with the baseball bat, but Gabriel kicks him in the face and grabs his arm. The duo struggle for a while before Muse breaks free and he and his accomplice walk away from the house, overtaking a third gang member whose role was to make sure the electronic doors outside remained open. .
Martin Lewis, prosecuting, told Harrow Crown Court: “No injuries were sustained but a great shock was caused. They happened to attack two victims who were in very good physical shape and able to take care of themselves.
Abderaham Muse held the baseball bat up to the footballer’s face and threw himself at him
Judge Anupama Thompson said there was no evidence Muse and his accomplices were targeting Gabriel because he was a Premier League star. Instead, they followed him home because he looked rich. “Although you did not specifically target the victim because he was a well-known footballer, it was realized that this person was rich and deserved to be robbed,” she said.
“You saw a nice car and a nice house and you thought it was rich pickings. Fortunately, thanks to the courageous actions of the people you targeted, no further damage was done.
Muse, of Tottenham, has a string of convictions dating back to 2009, when he was caught in possession of a prohibited weapon.
He was under license when he attacked Gabriel after being sentenced to 56 months for possession of heroin with intent to provide it.
Police linked Muse (L), 26, to DNA theft after his hat fell during the fight
Judge Thompson told him, “You have a terrible record for a 26-year-old man. It was a horrific and frightening attack on a group of people who were just coming home from a party. “
Judge Thompson jailed Muse for five years on one count of robbery and one for possession of an offensive weapon. Muse’s two accomplices have not been arrested.
Gabriel has played 33 times for Arsenal since his transfer in September last year and was named to Brazil’s squad for last summer’s Olympics, before being forced to retire due to a knee injury which also meant he was out of action during the time he was attacked. .
Another Arsenal player, Sead Kolasinac, 28, repelled two gunmen who attempted to rob him, and then his teammate Mesut Ozil, of their luxury watches outside his home in Hampstead in July 2019. Ashley Smith and his accomplice , Jordan Northover, were later jailed. that year for the attempted robbery.