Wenger admits Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has a problem

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has a glaring weakness.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Gabriel Paulista suffers from his lack of English and that can play a big part in his side’s defensive organisation, the club’s official site report.

The Brazilian defender was largely at fault for Manchester United’s opening two goals at the weekend as striker Marcus Rashford profited from some sloppy play to fire United to a 3-2 win over the Gunners.

Paulista, stepping in for Mertesacker, still doesn’t seem comfortable with the intensity of the Premier League and Wenger feels his lack of English can cause problems for his side.

“I would prefer him to have better English because in the fraction of a second sometimes someone can help you and communicate better,” Wenger added.

“He has Nacho Monreal, who plays next to him who can speak Spanish. I believe that he is working very hard on his English and is improving quite quickly and well.”

United’s second goal at Old Trafford was bitterly disappointing from an Arsenal defensive point of view, with a lack of communication between Paulista and Laurent Koscielny allowing debutant Rashford to notch his second goal of the game with a free header from six yards out.

Many Arsenal supporters have been critical of Mertesacker for his lack of pace, yet Paulista’s lack of communication and rashness is a different problem entirely and one which must be eradicated.

The 25-year-old has made 12 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season, averaging 2.9 interceptions and 5.2 effective clearances per league encounter.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch