A man has pleaded guilty to robbery after attempting to steal from Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes in his home back in August.
The man, Abderaham Muse, along with another robber, followed Gabriel home from a night out before demanding the Brazilian’s car keys, watch and mobile phone as he exited his car.
CCTV footage played in court shows both Muse and his accomplice, wearing masks, follow Gabriel into his garage before the robber holds a baseball bat up to the 23-year-old, who holds his hand in the air before passing him his car keys and watch.
Muse then lunged at the former Lille centre-half but the Gunners star struck him in the face before wrestling with him.
The robber’s hat came off before he wriggled and eventually ran away, with the former Lille star left uninjured. Muse was then jailed for five years after appearing in court last month.
At the time of the incident, Gabriel was suffering from a nasty knee injury that kept him out of Brazil’s summer Olympics campaign, as well as Arsenal’s first three Premier League outings of the season.
Prosecutor Martin Lewis told Harrow Crown Court that while no physical injuries were suffered, there was considerable shock caused by the incident.
Lewis said: “No injuries were suffered but a great deal of shock was caused. They happened to pick on two victims who were very fit and able to look after themselves.”
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Judge Anupama Thompson also stated that Gabriel has been targeted because he appeared to be wealthy, with no evidence suggesting that his status as a footballer resulted in him being targeted.
Thompson said: “While you didn’t specifically target the victim on account of him being a well-known footballer, there was a realisation this person was wealthy and worthy of robbing.”
“You saw a nice car and a nice house and thought it was rich pickings. Fortunately, thanks to the brave actions of the people you targeted, no further damage was done.”