‘He is not an Arsenal standard player!’ – Twitter gives mixed reaction to Gunner’s display
Despite keeping a clean-sheet in back-to-back Premier League starts, not everyone was impressed by Gabriel on Sunday.
Per Mertesacker has been preferred to the Brazilian for much of this season but the brief suspension of Arsenal’s vice-captain following his red card against Chelsea has seen Gabriel feature on regular basis.
Arsenal’s statistics from games in which Gabriel has been involved remain impressive, but the 25-year-old was given a run for his money on Sunday as Bournemotuth carved out a couple of dangerous opportunities.
Ahead of next week’s showdown with Leicester City, some Arsenal fans are feeling encouraged by the former Villareal defender’s partnership with Laurent Koscielny while others are now calling for Mertesacker to return.
Here were the mixed reviews…
We seem to defend better with Gabriel on the pitch even though I still think he looks unconvincing. Any reason for this?
— #FireOnThePitch (@gunnerpunner) February 7, 2016
— VIVEK K SINGH (@vivek_talks) February 7, 2016
Arsenal defence today was as bad as possible they did everything wrong they could koscileny and Gabriel and flamini only one can be playing
— Compiler (@OuoElshiekhe) February 7, 2016
Gabriel is such a passionate and committed player, if #Arsenal win the title this year, he'll celebrate by eating an opponents face off
— Herman Eutic (@Pohleetakal) February 7, 2016
Gabriel makes mistakes but has pace to recover, Mertesacker doesn't
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) February 7, 2016
Per is slow but his partnership with Koscielny is more stable tha Kosc and Gabriel. #Arsenal
— Sam Ohanga (@Leqeezy) February 7, 2016
Sorry, I'm not a fan of Gabriel Paulista, still has a long way to go in this league.#AFC
— Yemi Dada (@YemiCastano) February 7, 2016
Gabriel reminds me quite a bit of early Koscielny – impetuous, prone to errors and not always confident. He'll grow.
— Sam Drew (@samueljadrew) February 7, 2016
No way Gabriel starts on Sunday. Its written that Arsenal must be handicapped in some fashion.
— Emeilio (@Santiflamini) February 7, 2016
Gabriel and Koscielny is the way forward without a doubt but Gabriel will need to improve when in possession and learn English.👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙊👀
— Ross Bain (@RossBain3) February 7, 2016
We have three animals in defense:
Laurent the Shark Koscielny
Gabriel the Shark Paulista
And Per the Giraffe Mertesacker
— Forever World Tails (@BieIik) February 7, 2016