Wenger: Focused Gabriel has come from nowhere

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Arsene Wenger has hailed the qualities of new boy Gabriel, and in typical Wenger style hinted that he loves to unearth hidden gems.

It’s long been a trait of the Frenchman to find players that aren’t really on the radar and turn them into quality additions in red and white, and the Arsenal manager is hoping that’s the case again with the Brazilian.

“I like the players who come from nowhere and show they can adapt,” he told Arsenal Player. “From Brazil, he has then adapted to Spain. That means he has already made it and adapted in another country.

“He has good pace, he’s good in the challenge and he’s tall – so he can adapt to English football,” Wenger continued manager.

“Maybe it will take some time to adapt completely, but overall it’s very good to have him.

“He’s very ambitious, focused and serious. That’s important at a club like ours – you need to have a complete focus on your job. He has that.”

The boss cited the ongoing Achilles problem of Laurent Koscielny, as well as the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, as drivers for the January business, but it’s been widely accepted that the Gunners needed more defensive depth, and the former Villarreal man provides that.

We’ve yet to find out if he’ll be involved for the game against Villa on Sunday, but the sooner he’s part of the squad the better, even if he doesn’t necessarily play at first.

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Arsenalboy

Well, he did came from his mother… *ba-dum-tss*

Arsenalboy

I think my career as comedian is over.

#WelcomeGabriel

TC_42

Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this…and totally redeem yourself.

Arsenalboy

God, i love you all!

Dylan

wow..

Giroud Awakening

That was dire

Arsenalboy

I think i tried too hard.

flappylegs

It’s like almost like you did that too well.

sanku

its not over, you can go out on loan to lower division and build some playtime and confidence, and come back stronger, like a new signing…

…..damn I am even worse…

True Red

Kieran or Nathan? It doesn’t matter, they both live up to the surname

Al Gilmore

Dire? Doesn’t he play for Sp***?

JB

Arda Turan heard the linesman say this.

Az Ahmed

If you want to smile, just check this picture – welcome to Arsenal Gabriel

http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2015/01/28/photo-new-arsenal-signing-gabriel-paulista-clashing-with-diego-c/

Hi-brid

Yep, I’m cool with clattering as long as we’re the ones doing it.

J1N

fingers crossed and good luck! COYG!!!

Iceman

Isn’t it great how Arsene always surprises in the transfer windows? Bar a few players, we almost always end up signing a player that the media have no clue we are after. They only get a sniff only after we usually agree a fee. It really sums up how the rumour mongering by the tabloid newspapers are utter bollocks. Welcome Gabriel. I have a feeling you are going to get along just fine.

CB

What, we’re not going to get Cavani?? That’s ruined this transfer window for me (unless we get Sebastien Frey, as we have been promised for ages).

H18ury

Or Philippe Mexes.

Iceman

Please dont forget Chris Samba. Or Scott Dann.

Dylan

But we’re steal re-signing Vela one of these days though right?…

Dylan

Still* lol.

Mc1892

My Dad’s friend’s sister’s son’s girlfriend’s father’s best friend heard Solomon Kalou is practically a done deal.

aaron

My reliable sources tell me we’re close to signing Hatem Trabelsi

Al Gilmore

Roger Johnson was the answer to our defensive problems the whole time

HeyGirlNiceArse

Arsenal set on ‘advanced talks’ for shock double swoop.

David

Higuain is having a medical now…oh wait

Hater of Terry, The Scum, the Spuds and the Mug smashers
Hater of Terry, The Scum, the Spuds and the Mug smashers

Welcome Gabriel, to the club of ‘2-3 weeks’ injuries. We hope you will be a new signing only once…

sanku

I see

2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for
2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for

Laurent Koscielny 2.0!

(with a shorter adaptation period, and without the mix-up with Szczesny at Wembley please)

billybobjojo

Has arsene said we are done now for this window? I haven’t seen anywhere if someone has asked if we will be active again?

WengersNoseHair

Don’t worry, Salomon Kalou is coming.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Or so Mc1892’s dad’s friend’s sister’s son’s girlfriend’s father’s best friend says.

Hater of Terry, The Scum, the Spuds and the Mug smashers
Hater of Terry, The Scum, the Spuds and the Mug smashers

Welcome Gabriel! We hope you will never be a LANS!

SG14

AW forgot to mention Gabby’s intimidating appearance. I for ine would not want to bump into this bloke in a dark alley.

Man Manny

Vermalaen came with such aplomb, lived up to the billing for a while and then it went pear-shaped for him.
Koscielny came in and has moved on from strength to strength.
Gabriel’s story will be like Koscielny’s. I am optimistic.

Dick Swiveller

I think it was the style of Vermaelen that excited everyone and helped him do some good work for us, we were missing that aggression with Toure/Gallas/Silvestre all being back-foot kinda guys and the team generally lacking that steel.

Love that we now have that steel, and added even more attitude and aggression with Gabriel.

mo974

please don’t put kolo toure among the gallas and sylvestre that played for us. kolo with us was an incredible player. not back foot at all! Kolo from the Invicibles! check your history my friend!

Serge Blanco

Poor old TV never got over those injuries. Great first season though.

CB

And another thing, it’s my birthday Monday and I’m not going to get a present of a new signing(s) then?? I though Arsenal were a club that follows traditions, so how come we are abandoning the one that we buy several players on the last day (including one or two useless ones), right up to the transfer deadline.

Not good enough, not happy.

nevilleneville

Well… I live in Australia and it was my friends birthday yesterday and he’s also a Gunner and yesterday may or may not have been the day we actually signed Gabriel so…

We signed a CB so its all of our birthdays!

Did I mention I like stuff? Do you like stuff too?

CB

Mostly, though struggling to understand how people struggle with irony. It is my birthday on Monday (52) and am delighted with the Gabriel signing and that we have strong competition for each position in the squad, at last.

Should I add LOL or something after my comment for those that really think that I want us to sign some useless players on the last day of the transfer window, or any for that matter? See my Cavani comment above as well.

sanku

lol

TR7 > CR7

… I like stuff.

Cazorla'swrongfoot

I hope Chuba takes this opportunity and works his socks off. Wouldn’t be a better time for him to get some playing time especially with only two direct CFs in the team. The guy showed great signs in the Cup game.
Suddenly our team looks real business with very few of them in the injury list.
Waiting for Wenger to confirm our transfer business for the window is over. You never know with the professor!

arsenal fan

Isn’t the hottest new rumour suarez. So ridiculous. It is why I only depend on arseblog for transfer news

Dick Swiveller

Well, it would create some capital for Barcelona to make another big signing in the Summer. If you have the memory of a goldfish.

Andy Mack

When does their transfer ban finish?

Arsepedant

Later than this summer.

assistantref

We’re buying Suarez so they can buy Santi Cazorla per Xavi’s orders. They are hoping he is so small he won’t count as a real signing and therefore will not be subject to the transfer ban.

AK 57

Per And Kos must be enjoying this new signing. They have held the fort for long time now and needed someone to come in relieve them form time to time.

GoonerN16

I’m hoping he’s blooded on Sunday v Villa, cant wait! Good luck Gaby, kick some Arse!

friend

To be honest I have no idea who this guy is, but he looks like a beast. No pun intended

Al Gilmore

I’ve said it since Ozil that Arsenal and Arsene are getting back to where we were in terms of transfer policy before the stadium move. It is blatently obvious. Look at the 7 signings since (not including the youngsters we’ve signed)

We are back to signing top quality players coming to their peak – Ozil & Sanchez. We are back signing PL quality players for decent money -Debuchy, Welbeck. We are back signing quality youngsters – Chambers. We are back getting good squad players for next to nothing -Ospina….cos Wenger likes a bargain.

We are back driving hard bargains by regaining a reputation for walking away from deals where one or more of the other parties is taking the pis. This may hurt at the time eg losing out on Carvalho in the summer. But in the long run it pays off. Overpay for players too often and you will always overpay…

But even more than before we are now also buying British. Before AW put together title winning squads on fraction of what Man U did by getting cheap imports and largely avoiding overpriced English (yes I know…Jeffers)

This is why I got fed up with the naysayers bleating on that we would buy no one to replace Sagna, that we’d never buy Sanchez, and on and on. The constant wittering on about Squilacci, Silvestre, Santos. The phrase ‘second – rate no mark french men’ was the mantra.

Boo boys. Take a step back. Remove the black tinted glasses that I don’t blame you for having acquired, but just take them off. Instead of focusing on a player we didn’t buy that you wanted or a position in the squad that still needs attention and labelling it all as typical tight Arsenal – just take a look and what is happening now. Yes other clubs were further down the track from us and we’re playing catch up. Chelsea got their missing puzzle pieces this summer and they look all clever. But they’re also openly admitting they are now at a point where they have to sell to buy due to FFP, as are Citeh.

So really naysayers you’ve told the faithful for 8 years that we were blind to the truth. That Wenger lied to us about not having competitive money, esp in terms of wages. He’s tight. He’s only interested in making profits for his paymasters.

Erm…. of course he was interested in a profitable club because if we don’t make a profit he can’t buy the calibre of player we need. Just because other clubs are run differently doesn’t mean he could unilaterally run the club the same way. And yes, it hurt. It hurt the faithful just as much as the skeptics.

But as soon as both the board and manager said things were going to be different, they have been.

Anonymous Physicist

Well said. I think FFP will also really make itself felt over the next 5 years. We still have room for improving our squad in our finances. Chelsea and City do not. The next time they spent 30 million on someone they don’t end up using (I’m betting on Bony to be that player for City), they can’t just get another 30 million man in in the next transfer window before they have recouped some of their losses. And they’re running out of unused valuable players to sell. They are at the peak of what FFP allows them in terms of wages, and our more intelligent transfer policies and more sensible wage structure are going to allow us to catch up in terms of squad quality, even if their turnover will continue to be a bit higher than ours (due to FFP loopholes like ‘development money’ and ‘fair price sponsor deals’).

maddyclaires

Jury is still out on chambers…but it’s obvious to me he’s a bruiser kind of player…physical but not with the football IQ to match

goonerink

Black tinted glasses… you mean sunglasses?

I hope chambers can challenge le coq for the dm role. as in i hope coq does really well and inspires chambers to also do well, not i hope le coq f’s up!

muchadoaboutnot

I think the transfer window business has been concluded by arsenal. Or is there anything else to do?

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Well, we do have some open slots if some good last minute deal comes up. I think Wenger has deliberately left himself some wiggle room, just in case. We weren’t really going to miss Podolski in terms of him filling a regulat slot in the team (though I’m sure we’ll miss his cheerful presence on the bench), and the slot he leaves open could be filled by just about anybody in the next couple of days. We may well get nobody else in, but the potential is exciting.

Bonkers

I bet Gabriel be like “Gahd damn I thought I would make it through my career without having to wear one of those skin tight jerseys…guess not.”

Gutbukket Deffrolla

If Villareal is where he comes from, on Saturday is he going to Villafake?

MPLS

Wah wah waaaaaahhhh. Bu-dum-bum. 😉

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Well you may not agree but I certainly think Villa are faking it this season. They’re shit and we’re going to prove it on Sunday, and Gabriel is going to play his part in that.

santori

With the signing of Gabriel we now have sufficient numbers for the first time in many years.

This has been a project long in the making when Arsene realised the Denilson generation was not going to cut it.

He started with Arteta to add experience and he has been an excellent signing for us steadying the ship. He added Per and Koscielny at the back.

The rebuilding was complicated for many seasons by our financial restrains and the key departure of top players beginning with Nasri and Fab.

In recent seasons with better financial clout, Wenger has added genuine quality in Ozil and Alexis.

I expect that this will continue this summer. We are not making up numbers anymore, We are now adding quality.

At the same time, Wenger has continued to add future depth with additions of talented potential players both from internal and external source.

We have two players per every position both serving similar function but with different approach/strengths. Possible up and coming players in parenthesis.

CF – Giroud, Welbeck (Sanogo)
RW – Ox, Walcott (Campbell)
LW – Alexis, Gnabry (Akpom)

AM – Santi, Ozil, (Zelalem)
CM – Ramsey, Jack, Rosicky (Crowley)
DM – Coquelin, Flamini, Arteta (Bielik)

RB – Bellerin, Debuchy
LB – Monreal, Gibbs
CB – Per, Chambers (Hayden)
CB – Koscielny, Gabriel

GK – Ospina, Szsc (Martinez)

This is a healthy balance of experience and younger players. Plus the developing players are about 2 seasons away which ties in well with where the more mature players are at the moment in age.

Its difficult to project who we will bring in from here on. Most positions are sufficient bar maybe DM. In this position, we will continue to monitor the good progress of Coquelin whilst weighing Arteta’s wear and tear issues. With both Coquelin and Flamini sufficient in the combative DM role, I suspect we will likely benefit from someone who can cover DM but also replicate an offensive capability which the missing Diaby would hitherto have provided.

Someone like Khedira (if unwanted by RM) could be useful with experience enough to replace Arteta but height and strength to give us something different in the middle of the park. He won’t be cheap but it won’t be about numbers now.

Gandalf

It’s Gabriel, slithering in… And oh my gawwwd!!!!

GABRIEL!!! FROM OUTTA NOWHERE!!!

bdotm

Positives everywhere. All gooners pulling together. Onwards and upwards. Victoria Concordia Crescit

MPLS

One really does get the sense VCC is on the up.
I am patiently happy to watch this club piece by piece assemble to scare the living fuck out of our opposition.

hessojay

We’ve got a Gabriel. May be we’ll add a Micheal on deadline day. (Don’t ever think it is Michael Owen)

Norfolk Rob

When asked about Gabriel, Arsene talks a lot about his ‘potential’ Which means he’s trying to take any pressure off the player or he’s going to convert him into a small, speedy winger who’s prone to the odd torn hamstring