Gabriel Paulista looks set to be handed his first Brazil call up in the upcoming international break, with the Arsenal new boy given a late call by Brazil boss Dunga, as reported by Goal.
Gabriel has barely played for us since his January arrival from Villarreal, with Arsene Wenger initially looking to ease him into the team, and an untimely injury sidelining him a few weeks ago.
He has been impressive during his sparse appearances however, and has been rewarded with a shock call up.
The call came after David Luiz, Marquinhos, and Diego Tardelli were all forced to withdraw, leaving the Canarinhos desperately short at the back.
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It is, of course, a fantastic boost for Gabriel to be called up for his national team, but it does lend to the theory that you have to play for a top team to get noticed.
The young star was superb in La Liga, and was a huge part of Villarreal’s defensive stability (it may not be a coincidence that their defence has crumbled since his departure).
Despite that however, his first call up didn’t arrive until he made the switch to the Emirates – where he has started just one Premier League game so far.
Strangely, his first game may even be played at the Emirates – against fellow Gunner Alexis Sanchez no less – with Brazil playing Chile on March 29th.
Fingers crossed he doesn’t pick up another injury while away (or at home) on international duty!