‘He has emotion and he plays with heart'


“He is a guy who plays with great passion and that passion will serve him well here.”

Those were the words Arsène Wenger used when Gabriel joined us in January 2015 and now, almost two years later, Petr Cech is able to vouch for that too.

The goalkeeper has started our last four Premier League games behind the Brazilian, and has seen first-hand just how passionate Gabriel is on the pitch.

“Gabriel is a player who plays with his heart and you can see that in every game,” the goalkeeper told “It always means a lot to him because he plays with a lot of emotion and does everything to help the team win.


“He’s done a great job while filling in for Hector on the right and now Shkodran in the middle. He’s been doing really well.

“Sometimes it’s not very easy when you have to fill in for players who have as much energy as Hector going up and down the wing, but I think he did a great job at right back.”


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