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Arsenal’s Gabriel can’t resist tweeting ‘Nice kick about with the boys’

The Twitter war between Arsenal and Brentford players continued on Sunday afternoon, with Gabriel Magalhaes most recently poking fun at the beaten opponent.

The Brazil centre-back took to social media minutes after the final whistle in Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 win at the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

And, predictably, he posted “Nice kick about with the boys” to continue the back-and-forth that began last August.

It started when Brentford striker Ivan Toney posted those words after the newly promoted club stunned the Gunners to a 2-0 win on last season’s opening night.

Arsenal’s now-departed striker Alexandre Lacazette responded in kind after his side’s 2-1 win over Brentford at the Emirates in February.

And the trend has now continued after Arsenal won easily on Sunday afternoon to return to the top of the Premier League table.

The Amazon All or Nothing documentary on Arsenal revealed Mikel Arteta used Toney’s tweet as inspiration to cheer on his players ahead of the second leg.

In his speech before the game in February, Arteta said: “We’ve been preparing all week, we’ve looked at everything, we want to play as much as possible.

“I’m insisting and that’s great, but what’s going to make the difference now is what happens in both boxes.

“Before I go, because it’s still in my stomach, and I’ve managed to keep it in my stomach for six months. This is Toney after the game when we played her in Brentford.

“Do you know what he did, do you know his tweet? ‘Nice kickabout with the boys this afternoon’. So today they’re playing in our house people and there’s only one team in this shit pit.

‘Just team, they don’t play, we take the F***** ball, we take the game and we make it. Let’s win this damn game, let’s go.’

William Saliba headed Bukayo Saka home in the 17th minute to put Arteta’s side ahead.

Gabriel Jesus scored his fifth goal for the Gunners since joining from Manchester City when he nodded home a cross from Granit Xhaka.

And Fabio Vieira, making his full debut, decided it early in the second half with a brilliant shot from 25 yards that kissed the post on its way in.

The result resulted in six wins out of seven to start the league season for Arsenal, elevating them above Manchester City and Tottenham to take the league lead entering the international fortnight.

Arteta also insisted his team’s win on Sunday showed how much character the team had developed since losing at Brentford last season.

He said: “Last year was a character building day. The team has to move on, has to go through those moments and they have to react and they can give up and question everyone or blame others or look in the mirror and learn the lesson and move forward and today you saw a whole other team.’

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