Photo: Arsenal newbie Gabriel Paulista challenging with ex-Tottenham hero Gareth Bale

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The pair faced off against each other in La Liga this season.

Arsenal have snapped up a new defender this week, with Villarreal star Gabriel Paulista arriving at the club.

The Gunners sold Thomas Vermaelen in the summer to Barcelona. They failed to replace him and with Laurent Koscielny's chronic Achilles problem keeping him out of action for some time this season the likes of Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy have filled in at central defence.

Gabriel has earned plenty of plaudits for his performances in Spain, where he has come up against some of the top talent in world football.

The likes of Diego Costa, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have all been figures he had to deal with during his time with the Yellow Submarine.

He has also faced off against a former Tottenham Hotspur hero.

Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive player when he joined Real from Spurs in 2013. In that time in Spain he has had to face Gabriel, who did a good job on the Welshman.

Villarreal lost that game 2-0, with Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo on the scoresheet. But the Spurs hero was shackled Gabriel and Arsenal fans will be hoping that he can produce his best form at The Emirates.

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