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Several fans were calling for Gabriel to replace Per Mertesacker in the starting eleven not too long ago, but the tide is turning after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham. 

The Brazilian spent much of his first year at the club as a bit-part player, featuring occasionally as Arsene Wenger opted to stick with the same centre-back partnership no matter what.

However, Gabriel has gained more playing time than ever following Mertesacker’s sending off against Chelsea in January.

The 25-year-old was initially impressive but after his recent performances away at Old Trafford and Upton Park, some Gooners appear to have changed their minds about Gabriel.

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