Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reiterated that Gabriel Paulista’s lack of understanding of the English language is a problem, especially due to his position.
The Brazilian is in line to make his debut for the club against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday, but communication looks likely to be an issue.
Wenger is clearly taking the cup seriously this year, and is bidding to become the most decorated manager the competition has seen in the modern era by winning his sixth FA Cup.
“Look, it is a problem,” the boss told reporters (via the Guardian)
“When you don’t speak English and you don’t understand: ‘Come out, come back, right, left,’ it is a problem for a defender. You need to know the key words: ‘Referee. Offside. Foul’.
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“He’s the first defender I’ve brought in with no English.”
The constant referral to his lack of English may confuse fans, as surely that is something the club knew before bringing him in?
Gabriel also isn’t the first Brazilian to come to these shores, with the Premier League seeing a number of defenders arrive from the South American nation. The likes of David Luiz and Silvinho all must have arrived with little or no grasp of the language, yet still managed to cope.
If the former Villarreal man is of the required quality, I’m sure he’ll thrive with us.