Arsenal needed a central defender and unbelievably, it seems that they have signed one!
With Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker our only real center backs, we’ve had to rely on Callum Chambers who is relatively inexperienced to fill the void when we’ve had injuries, as well as Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy who are full backs. So an extra number in central defence is a massive boost for Arsenal.
And the chosen one (well, the one Arsene has decided to buy) is 24 year old Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. The fee is rumoured to be around £11.3 million and he has been granted a work permit by the Home Office.
But who is he? And is he any good?
Villarreal have been doing okay this season and he’s already notched up 19 games in La Liga, as the Yellow Submarine sit in a very respectable 6th place.
So he can’t be that bad.
But if you listen (and to be fair, I haven’t listened too much to the “expert” opinions) to the pundits, several are apparently saying he’s raw and not that much of a player. But from seeing a couple of clips he seems quick and aggressive, and I’m sure he’ll develop at Arsenal.
I’ll wait until he puts on an Arsenal shirt and shows us what he can do before making a sound judgement, but the question remains:
Will be be a Pascal Cygan, or a Laurent Koscielny?
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