Arsene Wenger revealed after the signing of Gabriel Paulista that he was concerned over the Brazilian’s lack of English.
The 24-year-old claims his lessons are going well however, and believes he is already building a foundation with his new teammates, as reported by the Express.
Gabriel got his debut in our 2-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough last week, and while he didn’t have a lot of defensive work to do, what he did he did well.
Football is a universal language, and there are really just a few key words you need to know to do your job effectively.
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Our January signing already looks to have learnt the important phrases, and claims communication between he and Laurent Koscielny was not a problem in the FA Cup.
“In relation to understanding my team-mates, I always wanted to be tuned into what [Laurent Koscielny] was doing so I could try doing the same,” Gabriel said.
“I tried to listen to him as well, to listen to a few words.
“In my [English] lessons I always ask the teacher to teach me the main words we use on the pitch, like ‘defend, leave, go back’.
“So I had no difficulty with my defensive partner.
“We understood each other really well, and the most important thing is that we managed to win the game.”
It’s obviously far too soon to tell, but our new man looks to be a fantastic addition to the squad.
He could prove to be a mainstay in defence, and may eventually replace Per Mertesacker.
Age is certainly on his side, and the former Villarreal man could be the dominant central defender at the Emirates for years to come.
Wenger is likely to relegate him back to the bench for our clash with Crystal Palace, but it’s highly possible that he won’t be there for long.