Wenger praise for Gabriel after FA Cup semi-final win

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Arsene Wenger had some words of praise for Gabriel after the Brazilian put in what was probably his best performance for the club on Sunday.

As part of a back three, the former Villarreal man shone alongside Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding, and the manager believes his outings at full back this season played a part.

The 26 year old deputised for Hector Bellerin earlier in the season, and that has gone some way to making him feel comfortable in this new system.

“Gabriel has played some positive games as a right-back,” said Wenger. “I felt that he has good pace, and today I felt that he could intervene for Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sane going through.

“Sane goes through a lot in behind and I felt that he had the pace to cover, to tackle and he did that very well.

“Especially in the second half when I think he saved three of four balls. So I just thought he was well-suited for this position.

“He played right-back, he played centre back and he plays at the moment in a position that is between the two.”

It was certainly a very assured display from Gabriel, who hasn’t always had the best time in red and white. It’s nice to see.

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