'Masterclass': Arsenal fans react as Gabriel Paulista shines against Chelsea

A general view of Arsenal fans during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England.

Arsenal sold Gabriel Paulista to La Liga outfit Valencia in 2017 but the Gunners could do with him now.

Watford's English striker Andre Gray (L) and Arsenal's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos look on during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at...

Anyone who watched on in horror as Sokratis Papastathopoulos passed the ball straight to Tom Cleverley inside the penalty area and spark Arsenal’s collapse at Watford would struggle to believe this is the same man who dominated strikers of all shapes and sizes at Borussia Dortmund.

But, since swapping the banks of the Rhine for North London in 2018, the Greek giant has gone from a snarling monster of a centre-half to an accident waiting to happen.

The same thing happened to Shkodran Mustafi, a World Cup winner with Germany and a star at Valencia who can't step foot on the Emirates turf these days without being booed by his own supporters.

And as for David Luiz, well what else did Arsenal really expect?

Gabriel Paulista of Valencia acknowledges the fans after the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London,...

So with that 2-2 draw against Watford still fresh in the memory, the last thing Arsenal fans needed was to see Gabriel Paulista produce a stand-out defensive performance during Valencia’s shock Champions League win away at Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Two years after The Gunners sold the former Villarreal stopper to Valencia for just £10 million (Sky), Gabriel returned to London and shackled the prolific Tammy Abraham in style, making two tackles and six clearances as Valencia stood firm and triumphed at Stamford Bridge.

And the irony did not go unnoticed by the Arsenal fans.

Gabriel Paulista of Valencia tackles Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in...

 

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