Arsenal defender Gabriel has hailed the family culture at the club as the reason behind his swift adaptation, with the Brazilian putting in some impressive performances since his January arrival, he told the club’s official website.
After entering the season with just two recognised centre-backs, Arsene Wenger invested in the January window and brought in Gabriel from Villarreal.
The boss has now been able to rotate the back line accordingly and once Gabriel becomes fully accustomed to the Premier League, he could stake a real claim for a regular starting berth.
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Gabriel also spoke of the role played by Wenger in the dynamics of the dressing room
“The boss is like a father figure for everyone, which is why he’s been here for such a long time,” the Brazilian began.
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“He creates a family and I’m very happy that people are praising his work. The most important thing is the family atmosphere within this squad.
“He has helped me a lot and everybody here has told me about what he has done for the club.”
Gabriel last featured in our FA Cup semi-final win against Reading, coming on for an injured Per Mertesacker in the second half. His last league start came in March but with a top four place looking secure, the 24-year-old can look forward to more game time.
Wenger is evidently asking the team to press higher up the pitch and with such a system, a back four able to recover the ball quickly is needed.
Therefore, a potential centre-back pairing of Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny could be ideal next term.