There are huge expectations on both Saliba and Gabriel ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, given the two young centre-backs arrive with such stellar reputations from Ligue 1 football.
Arsenal captured Saliba from Saint-Etienne 12 months ago but the 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to the French club meaning he is yet to play a competitive match for the Gunners.
Gabriel, meanwhile, arrived in north London at the start of the month after Arsenal agreed a £27 million deal with Lille for his signature and the pair trained together for the first time this week.
‘I’ve already played against him in France and I have a friend who knows him,’ Saliba told BT Sport when asked about new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel.
‘I’ve spoken to him since he’s come here and I’m very excited.
‘We are young so we have to…