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?
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 putting in a. Masterclass in the champions League but Wenger and co thought it was wise to sell him and keep bums— ayoR (@terabyteAFC) September 17, 2019
Unpopular opinion:— The Adidas Era (@AFC_AdidasEra) September 17, 2019
Paulista and Coquelin would both walk in to our current starting XI.#Arsenal
Still could not make out why we sold Gabby. Coquelin, fine I understand...but Paulista?— Fair Play Gooner (@FairPlayGooner) September 18, 2019
Can’t forget Gabriel Paulista. Sooooo could use him right now.— the(RED)gunner (@Thereadgunner) September 18, 2019
Tho we didn't give Paulista chance.. he step up his game now— Tennitons (@tennitons) September 17, 2019
Agreed. Rated Gabriel. He was a bit of a nutter. Loved that— Anuj Gangwal (@Anuj_Gooner) September 18, 2019
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