Gabriel Paulista names his finest moment as an Arsenal player

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Arsenal’s Gabriel Paulista joined the club in January.

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista says winning the FA Cup has been his greatest moment since joining the club from Villarreal last January, the Daily Star report.

The Brazilian defender moved to North London at the beginning of 2015 and despite lacking Premier League experience, he is certainly regarded as an important member of the first-team squad now.

Gabriel has featured in every competition to date, and he started the FA Cup semi-final last season.

And it was the club’s ensuing 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final which tops his list of greatest Arsenal moments to date, even though he was named among the substitutes that day.

"It is something I'll remember for the rest of my life, winning my first trophy with Arsenal, and the most important of my career,” the defender explained.

"I spent a whole week just thinking about this game, and the fact that it was at Wembley, a stadium that everyone around the world knows.”

"The thought of setting foot on such a legendary pitch, in this magnificent stadium, was amazing.”

Gabriel has mainly featured as a back-up to the regular centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, though recent injuries have given him more playing time.

The 25-year-old has made six Premier League starts this season, with his only real black mark being the red card he received in the 2-0 defeat to London rivals Chelsea in September.

Gabriel is predominantly a centre-back, though with the Gunners now short on options due to Francis Coquelin’s injury, he could also be a potential option to play in a holding midfield role.

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