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The Gunners’ latest addition Gabriel Paulista has already trained with the first team and is in contention for the weekend clash. The 24-year-old centre-back was signed by Arsene Wenger from Villarreal and is in contention to make his Premier League debut in front of his home fans of his new clubs.
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The north London club’s manager Arsene Wenger has backed Paulista to shine in the Premier League after admitting the Brazilian in ready to go.
“What I saw was a great quality for a defender. He has a] good level of concentration, he’s physically able to adapt to the Premier League because he is quite a good size and he’s quick as well,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
“He has great commitment in the challenges and he’s young. He’s 24 years old and that’s a good age for a central defender. He’s ready to go – he’ll be in the squad [for Sunday] certainly. He started training yesterday and he looks fit.”
“You always need time to adapt, especially in a defensive position because you need to know your partners. At the moment he does not speak a word of English and that can cost you goals. If you mix going forwards with going backwards, it can cost you.”
“It is a position where you need to know your partners and you need to communicate as well. We will try to teach him the important words. ‘Offside’ for example or ‘Look at the linesman’!” the Gunners manager added.
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