Tottenham hero doubts Gabriel Paulista is a good fit for Arsenal

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nayim is unconvinced Gabriel Paulista will fit in at Arsenal.

Arsenal are close to signing defender Gabriel Paulista, report Arsenal.com, but not everybody is convinced over the defender.

Retired footballer Nayim, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, told SkySports that he has his reservations over the Villareal ace's suitability to the Gunners.

He said: "For Arsenal, I don't know if its the right player, depending what they are looking for.

"If they are looking for just a defender he will be alright but if they looking for a player who can play the ball from the back, he's not the right player."

Nayim is most unfortunately remembered to Arsenal fans as the ex-Spurs player who scored an unlikely winner from distance over David Seaman to win the Cup Winners Cup final for Real Zaragoza.

He was not alone in his views however, with co-pundit, former Newcastle defender Marcelino sharing his doubts over the Brazilian.

Marcelino said: "I don't see him as the type of player who is really gifted for playing the ball from the back, which is something Arsenal like to do, but on the other side I can see him fitting into the Arsenal system.

"My real question mark is whether he is a real top defender in the world or in Europe and I don't think he is at that level."

Paulista will be under no illusions as to his need to adapt, but his perceived lack of ball playing ability from the back is not necessarily a weakness in English football.

Arsenal's defence has been found wanting at times this season, with games at Stoke and at home to Anderlecht examples. A more rugged and physical approach would have helped them immeasurably in both games, and if Paulista provides them a different option, then that can be a positive.

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