Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista says Brazil recognition is incentive to keep working hard

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Arsenal's newest recruit has been talking following his call-up for his country.

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has been speaking to the club’s official website about his call-up to the Brazil national team.

The 24-year-old is yet to be capped by his country but his impressive form since signing for Arsenal from Villarreal has seen him selected for the upcoming friendly against Chile.

Gabriel has played five matches for Arsenal since arriving in January and he already looks like a wonderful addition to Arsene Wenger’s playing staff.

In fact, German international Per Mertesacker may be worried at just how many more chances he will get between now and the end of the season, given how well his new defensive colleague has settled in.

Speaking ahead of that Brazil match, Gabriel has explained his joy at the call and his hope that he will get plenty more chances to represent his country in the future.

“I’ll play the best possible way,” he said. “It is a valuable opportunity and I hope it is the first call of many.

“It will be an incentive for me to continue working hard at Arsenal. It will not be easy, because the Brazilian team has great quality, but I will work hard to get my place in the team.”

Quite simply he just needs to keep doing what he has been for Arsenal, and the calls should continue for years to come.

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