Gabriel started each of our last six matches, and thrived after changing his game to fit our new system.
So far this season the Brazilian defender has played as one of two centre halves, at right-back and in a back three - so how is he adapting to the latter?
“It's been good,” Gabriel told Arsenal Player. “We know it’s very difficult to play with three defenders, everyone needs to run a lot and come back to mark the opposition and also we need to be physically fit to take advantage of the counter-attacks when we recover the ball.
“I think with three at the back, the strategy changes a bit and our wingers need to come back and help defensively - this gives extra support to us defenders. We feel safer playing with this formation.
“I have played as a right-back in some matches and I was able to help my team and I did a good job with the help of the coach and my team-mates. I felt good and whenever they need me to play in that position, I’m here to help.”
Arsène Wenger praised Gabriel after his performance in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.
“It makes me happy receiving compliments from a manager like him with such a vast experience, it also makes me very confident for the upcoming challenges,” Gabriel added. “It is something new for us, but we are well adapted to it and we want to continue doing our best.”
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