In his press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down with a laugh suggestions that new signing Gabriel Paulista is anything like former Chelsea defender David Luiz, saying that the latest addition to the Gunners’ squad is “a defender who actually wants to defend.”
Indeed, during his time at Stamford Bridge Luiz, who moved to PSG over the summer, earned a reputation for erratic behaviour, often combining sublime moments of individual skill with moments of madness. Opinions heavily reinforced by his behaviour during the last World Cup, where he contributed to the horrific semifinal – or epic, surely everlasting, depending from your point of view – against Germany seven goals when Thiago Silva, his mentor, was suspended for sum of yellow card.
Wenger was asked whether Paulista was similar to David Luiz, quoting the famous line from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville that the former Chelsea man was like “a Playstation player”, via the Daily Mail.
Wenger was quick to play down any comparisons: “I think Gabriel is a typical defender. David Luiz, you didn’t know if he was a midfielder, as he had the potential always to play. Gabriel is a real defender, who wants to defend.”
Gabriel actually made more defensive errors at Villarreal than David Luiz did at Chelsea in the same amount of games…
It has been confirmed that Gabriel will wear the number five shirt at Gunners.