Arsene Wenger says that Gabriel is benefiting from playing more regularly, having started three games in succession for the first time since October.
A then four game run was interrupted by his Stamford Bridge red card, and the Arsenal manager reverted to his preferred partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Ironically, it was the BFG’s red card against the same opposition that opened the door for the Brazilian once more, and he’s started every game since.
He’s performed quite well overall, but has had some iffy moments, but Wenger believes he’s gaining from playing more often.
“Gabriel has done well,” he said. “He has performed well and overall I think the confidence comes with games, which is interesting.”
Whether that’s a hint that he’s willing to stick with the 25 year old ahead of Mertesacker remains to be seen, but many tip him to play next weekend against Leicester to help cope with the pace of the league leaders’ attack.
There was praise too from Laurent Koscielny who spoke about his partner’s willingness to get involved.
“You know Gabby, he is a very good player,” he told the official site. “He likes his duels and he can play with the ball and passes.
“He played very well but the whole back four played well because we stayed together.”
Anyway, whatever happens, it’s interesting that we have options now in the squad, and hopefully that competition will be a positive in terms of performances.