Arsene puts shirt on Gabriel succeeding
Arsene puts shirt on Gabriel succeeding

Arsene Wenger positive Gabriel Paulista will adapt to the demands of English football.

Arsene Wenger has given an assessment of the qualities he believes new signing Gabriel Paulista will bring to Arsenal.

Gabriel has gone straight into the Gunners squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa following his move from Villarreal earlier this week.

Speaking ahead of the match with Aston Villa, Wenger said of Paulista.

“His great quality for a defender is his level of concentration,” said the Arsenal manager. “He is physically capable of adapting to the Premier League because he’s a good size and quick as well.“He commits well into challenges and he’s young, just 24, a good age for a defender.”Maybe it will take some time to adapt completely but overall it is very good to have him.

“This season he has played every game for Villarreal and we have seen him many times. We are convinced about his quality.

“He is very ambitious, focused and serious. That is important at a club like ours. You need to have a complete focus on your job. He has that.

“I like players who come from nowhere and show they can adapt. From Brazil, he has adapted to Spain. That means he has already made it and adapted in another country, and so that is another important quality.”

And Wenger has assured Joel Campbell, who headed in the opposite direction on a loan deal until the end of the season, he still has a future at the Emirates.

Wenger confirmed that Campbell had signed a new contract before starting his loan spell at Villarreal in Spain.

“Joel needs games,” he said. “At Arsenal, it is a bit obstructed for him because there are too many players in the same position.”