Villarreal ace Gabriel Paulista has told Spanish publication AS that he is remaining calm over the prospect of joining Arsenal.
The Gunners are reportedly on the lookout for a new defender this month, with Arsene Wenger admitting that it would be a gamble not to bring one in for the rest of the season.
"It is risky [not to sign anyone] - too risky," he was quoted as saying by the BBC. "If we have another injury or two we will struggle."
Paulista, meanwhile, the 24-year-old who joined La Liga outfit Villarreal in the summer of 2013 and has since become a first-team regular, is forming a strong partnership alongside the impressive Mateo Musacchio.
And he has had his say on a potential move to Arsenal:
“I am very calm at Villarreal. My head is here and I’m very focused. My agent is currently working on the matters while I remain calm but, if I go to Arsenal, or stay here I will continue in the same vain,” he explained.
Paulista has started 18 La Liga matches for the Yellow Submarines this season, averaging 3.5 tackles and 4.5 clearances per match, according to Whoscored.com.
The report by AS goes on to say that Arsenal and Villareal have been in negotiations over the past few days, with the Spanish club keen on seeing out-of-favour striker Joel Campbell come the other way.
The Gunners travel to Premier League champions Manchester City later today.