Despite his transfer to Arsenal on the verge of completion, Gabriel Paulista is a relative unknown for most fans.
Here are a few things that every Arsenal fan should know about our new defensive signing:
6) Watch my feet! Technically superb
Despite being a defender, Gabriel Paulista has excellent feet. He is confident on the ball, and can pick out a pass. Arsene Wenger demands technical quality from all his players, so the Brazilian should fit right in at the Emirates.
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5) Like a boss! Koscielny-esque
He is similar in style to Laurent Koscielny, in so far as he relies on his pace and tackling ability rather than his defensive discipline.
I can see him taking a little while to adapt to the Premier League, possibly with a mistake or two creeping into his game in the early stages. He has all the qualities to eventually succeed in the top flight of English football however, and should eventually become a mainstay at the back.
4) Fee-fi-fo-fum! 6 ft 1.5 inches
Ok, so he may not quite be a Per Mertesacker when it comes to his height, but the 24-year-old is excellent in the air.
He is good at judging the flight of the ball, and rarely finds himself caught out aerially.
3) On a roll. Villarreal’s defensive stability
The La Liga side have been superb defensively this season, and are undefeated in their last 15 games; all of which Gabriel has played in.
Only Real Madrid and Barcelona have conceded less goals this season; and while defence is largely about the team, the young South American has been a huge part of their stability.
2) Goals, goals, goals? Not so much…
He is a fantastic in his own box, but the same can’t be said for the opposition’s. He rarely gets on the scoresheet despite being good in the air, and is unlikely to be seen bombing forward on a regular occasion.
1) Here, there, and everywhere! Incredibly versatile
Gabriel is chiefly a centre-back, but has played all across the back during his career. Versatility is a trait Arsene Wenger hugely admires, and is something he prioritises when looking at potential transfers.
He is likely to be used largely in the centre, but it’s nice to know he could fill in at full-back if required.