David Seaman compares Gabriel Paulista to Martin Keown and Des Walker

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Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman is full of praise for Gabriel Paulista.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told The Independent that defender Gabriel Paulista reminds him of former Gunners hero Martin Keown and Nottingham Forest legend Des Walker.

Seaman played over 400 Premier League games for Arsenal, becoming a hero at Highbury as Arsene Wenger's main shot stopper.

Whilst out of football since his retirement in 2004, Seaman clearly still takes an interest in Arsenal's fortunes, and the former England goalkeeper has now told The Independent that he's been impressed with January signing Gabriel Paulista.

The Brazilian centre back, 24, arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Villarreal in January, and has recently displaced Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal starting line-up.

Having adjusted to life in English football quickly, Paulista has earned plenty of plaudits since his arrival - and now Seaman has joined in by comparing him to two former England internationals.

"Yes, I think he can solve that problem [in defence]," Seaman said. "The thing is with [Per] Mertesacker we don’t know how long he’s going to go on for. I understand that he’s retired from international football which is giving signals of what’s going on in his mind."

"With Paulista, he reminds me of a cross between Des Walker and Martin Keown, that’s who he reminds me of! I don’t know why! The way that he plays and looks just reminds me of that, but he’s had a few injuries and it will take him some time to adjust to the Premier League, because it does," he added.

Keown played in front of Seaman for Arsenal, establishing himself as a Gunners hero during his time with the club, whilst Walker had two superb spells with Nottingham Forest, earning 59 caps for England in the process.

Both players were Premier League stalwarts, so it's huge praise for Seaman to compare Paulista to Keown and Walker - and Gunners fans will be hoping that he can emulate both of them during his time in North London. 

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