Arsenal continued their impressive recent run with a 2-0 victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday.
The Gunners won courtesy of goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud but their back-line was just as important with centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista impressing once more.
The latter has been brilliant since his arrival from Villarreal back in January and after his latest showing it is now clearer than ever that he should play ahead of German international Per Mertesacker.
Gabriel has played every second of Arsenal’s last three league games and the Gunners have not conceded a goal in that time, winning against Stoke and Newcastle and drawing with Liverpool.
At just 24, the future looks very bright for Gabriel and he is part of an Arsenal defence that along with the likes of Hector Bellerin should grow together for years to come.
After Gabriel’s latest appearance we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of his contribution and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Very pleased that Gabriel retains his spot in the team. Been brilliant in the past two games.— renato (@tw14renato) September 12, 2015
How brilliant have Gabriel and Koscielny been today? Absolutely rock solid.— Jack Williams (@jdwilliams_94) September 12, 2015
Brilliant first half, bar Walcott's miss. Sanchez is back and Ozil doing great. Gabriel must be a starter from now on— Hassan Rimmani (@HassanRimmani) September 12, 2015
First time watching Gabriel play live. His reading of the game & his positional sense is superb. He's stronger than he looks as well.— Nacho DONreal (@LePhantomMenace) September 13, 2015
Özil's ball was superb. Gabriel is showing real promise. Nothing fancy, just straight defending.— Ryan (@RyArsenal) September 13, 2015
Gabriel is fantastic. Mertesacker is finished at this club, someone find him a retirement home— M (@MowIid) September 12, 2015
The Koscielny/Gabriel partnership is definitely the future. Looks very solid... don't know how Mertesacker will get back in! #AFC— Carl Bövis (@CarlBovis_AFC) September 12, 2015
Gabriel is unreal. Would have him over Mertesacker all day.— FlamZil (@AssistantOzil) September 12, 2015