Gabriel Paulista reveals his ‘main difficulty’ at Arsenal

Gabriel Paulista moved to Arsenal from Villarreal in the January transfer window.

Gabriel Paulista has revealed to Sky Sports the main difficulty he faced at Arsenal when he first joined the club.

The 24-year-old defender moved to the Gunners from Spanish club Villarreal in the January transfer window.

Paulista has proven himself to be a good addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad, but he has admitted that it was tough initially in overcoming the language barrier.

“My main difficulty was the English, that I didn’t understand anything, but I'm working very hard to improve and I'm enjoying myself here," the Brazilian centre-back told Sky Sports.

"He (Wenger) doesn't tell me what to do to learn the language but he helps me on many occasions.

"The Spanish players help me as well; that's what makes the club a family club because everybody helps each other.”

Being a centre-back, Paulista needs to be able to communicate with his fellow centre-back and his goalkeeper.

It seems that the Brazilian has realised this quite early, and he is certainly going to get better in the communication department in the coming months.

Despite the language problem and injuries, Paulista has given a good account of himself at Arsenal so far.

The former Vitoria star has won 12 out of 14 headers and two out of four tackles in five Premier League appearances for the Gunners, while having a pass accuracy of 77%.

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