It’s never easy covering an unfamiliar position, but you wouldn’t know Gabriel had previously spent his entire Arsenal career at centre half if you had only watched his last two appearances.
The Brazil defender is covering at right-back after injuries to Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy, and has impressed Arsène Wenger with the speed of his adaption to his new role.
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“I believe people are now a bit more convinced of his potential to play there,” the manager writes in Saturday’s matchday programme. “I’m very pleased with his performances and he looks quite natural there.
"He has the physical qualities to play there, he is a real defender and he gives us a security in the air as wel"
“He has the physical qualities to play there, he is a real defender and he gives us a security in the air as well.
"There are situations at the far post where you need to be good at heading the ball and Gabriel is doing that really well.
"He is strong mentally - this is a guy who has gone through difficult times in his life and he has shown that strength of character to deal with it.”
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