Nottingham Forest gem Jordan Gabriel has been discussing his exit from Arsenal during an interview with The Mirror.

The Reds right-back is currently on loan with Blackpool in League One and will have eyes on a Forest chance next season.

He played in the first two games of the season for the Reds but was then sent out on loan to continue honing his skills.

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Forest picked up Gabriel after he had been released at Arsenal as a youngster.

He has claimed that the ordeal was devastating but is still determined to make his way to the top.

Gabriel told The Mirror: “I remember sitting in an office with Liam Brady and they couldn’t guarantee me becoming a scholar and felt it best for me to leave.

“Being at Arsenal from the age of eight and supporting them with my whole family who love them, it was heartbreaking.

“I look at our team photos of U9s and U10s and it was an amazing team we had.

“I have always wanted to be out there fighting to get to the top one way or another.

“Going down a few leagues and being a big fish in a small pond would help. I have dropped down to them come back up.”

Star in the making

Football is a cut-throat industry and for young players making it isn’t easy.

Gabriel has worked tirelessly to make it and a Forest chance looks to be forthcoming next season.

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The Reds will probably see Cyrus Christie return to Fulham when his loan expires, leaving just Carl Jenkinson as the only right-back in the squad.

Gabriel didn’t look out of place when called upon earlier in the season and it looks like an ideal time to give him a proper chance during 2021/22.

If he does well he has the potential to really hold down the position and become a Forest regular for years to come.

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