107 touches, 82 accurate passes: Gabriel impressed for Arsenal despite fan criticism

Gabriel Paulista: By The Numbers:  : 20160228

The Gunners were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista came in for stern criticism from Arsenal fans for his performance in the 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

The Gunners had been confident of getting their first win at Old Trafford since 2006 before the game, with United forced to play several youngsters as injuries ravage their squad.

Instead it was one of those youth products that proved the difference as two goals from Marcus Rashford saw his side to victory.

There was plenty of criticism from the Arsenal fans as many of their stars put in poor performances, with Gabriel receiving the worst of it. However, the stats suggest that it may have been unfounded. 

  MatchTackles WonEffective ClearancesDuels WonInterceptions WonErrors Leading To GoalBall RecoveriesPassing AccuracyTouches
Gabriel Paulista Man Utd vs Arsenal 2 4 8 4 1 7 92% 107

As illustrated by the table provided by Opta, the Brazilian actually posted some decent stats despite his side conceding three goals and losing the game.

In total he managed 107 touches in the game, the most of any player, with all of those proving to be successful.

Defensively he did his job well also, managing two successful tackles from three in total as well as four effective clearances, the joint most of any Arsenal player.

He also won eight defensive duels and four interceptions, again the most of any of the Gunners players, in addition to seven ball recoveries.

His passing was also on form as he posted 82 accurate passes in total, the most of any player in the game, and enjoyed a pass success of 92%.

However, it is one stat that Arsenal fans will point out as the most crucial, and that is the one error leading to a goal for United.

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