Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has explained in an interview for the club’s website how he’s dealt with the challenge of the language barrier at the club.
The Brazilian moved to the Gunners during the winter transfer window and he’s explained that communication with his teammates hasn’t been a problem as he’s adjusted to life in England.
“In relation to understanding my team-mates, I always wanted to be tuned into what my team- mate was doing so I could try doing the same. I tried to listen to him as well and listen to a few words,” he said.
“In my lessons I always ask the teacher to teach me the main words we use on the pitch, like ‘defend’, ‘leave’ or ‘go back’. I had no difficulty during the game.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger benefits from a very settled defensive combination of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
That’s his main partnership and Gabriel’s job is to take his chances when he is given the opportunity to come into the team.
If he wants to play more, he has to try and show the boss why he is a better long term prospect in his position than the German or the Frenchman.
One of the ways he can do that is to communicate effectively in big games, ensuring that his positional play is spot on as well as showing that leadership to organise the club’s back four, which someone like Mertesacker provides.
His English will continue to improve and he’s had a taste of what the game is like in the Premier League and his focus now needs to shift onto the end of the season, before an important pre-season period and getting fit for next year.