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.