Arsene Wenger exlains why he signed Gabriel Paulista for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says there are a number of things, which impressed him about Gabriel Paulista.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained at his press conference ahead of the Aston Villa game why he signed Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal.

The 24-year-old was confirmed as a new signing on the club’s website earlier this week on a long term deal.

“I saw great quality. His level of concentration, he's quick, has great commitment and he's young,” said Wenger.

The boss also suggested that Gabriel is ready to play if the boss feels he’s ready to make his debut.

“Gabriel is ready to play - We are in a job where competition exists. The best player of the moment plays.”

It would be a risk for Wenger to throw him straight into the first team despite his obvious belief that the club have signed a top player.

He doesn’t have experience of football in England and a better approach could be to gradually bed him into the side.

Aston Villa have some very quick players and an intelligent manager in the form of Paul Lambert, who will more than likely urge his players to target Paulista if he starts in Arsenal’s backline.

He gives the boss a different option, which should help prevent the need for Wenger to use players out of position, with Nacho Monreal having covered at centre back already in this campaign.

Some fans may harbour doubts as Gabriel is not the high profile signing they would have been hoping for.

It’s now down to the player to show off his quality when the boss feels he’s ready to start or come off of the bench.

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