Gabriel´s Brazil call-up GREAT news for Arsenal

Perhaps it was a part of the reason why Gabriel Armando De Abreu, known to Arsenal fans and the English football world as Gabriel Paulista because he comes from São Paulo, signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window was to increase his chances of making it into the Brazil national team one day.

Well he didn´t have to wait long as three games into his career as a Gunner, our new centre back has been called up to the squad and could make his international debut at the Emirates stadium next week, against his new team mate Alexis Sanchez and his Chile side.

Maybe the fact that game is being played here has helped Gabriel to get the attention of the manager Dunga but whatever the reason it is very good news for Gabriel and could be just as good for Arsenal. At Newcastle today it looked like Gabriel was determined to prove himself worthy of a place in the team, not just the squad.

The 24-year old may have thought he would never get into the famous yellow shirt, not having featured at any level for them so far but I think that will make him work even harder. He has been committed, alert, aggressive and generally very impressive since coming to north London and there seems to be no lack of self-belief that he is good enough for the Premier League and the Brazil team.

So as long as Gabriel does not damage Alexis with a tackle then this international call up can only help Arsenal.


  1. Mesut O-healed says:

    famous yellow shirt, Arsenal’s away kit?

  2. Mesut O-healed says:

    I was impressed with Gabriel this match. True, some of his clearances could’ve been better. But the fact that he is clearing the ball instead of dribbling it outta our 18 shows me that he’s focused on getting doing his job. Not sure which other CBs have been called up (Thiago Silva and Dante?) but I hope Gabriel gets some playing time for brazil, he deserves it.

    PS… what’s our nickname for him again? GP5? Paulie? Gabby? Gaga?

  3. alejandro1301 says:

    Glad he got called up? Shale Le Coq did not, or did he? I believe not… but he’ll surely get his chance! Players like Sagna in the squad of France and not Coquelin, that is beyond me..

    1. alejandro1301 says:

      Based on current form of course. I loved Bacary when he played for us, and don’t hate him at all. Not a treason he made, or at least not a big one

  4. Hafiz Rahman says:

    would prefer he doesnt get a call up….so that he can hv a rest…..

    a meaningless friendly

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Probably one of your best posts so I will give you a thumbs up. Yes, I don’t want any of our players to get injured

      At least you didn’t say “he’s not good enough” or something like that.

  5. Goonsquad8 says:

    very pleased for gabriel! he played well today and looked pretty assured alongside kosc. he snuffed out a few balls by using his pace alone which was impressive. I can see our attack really pushing on now since we have a great back 5 + ospina and you want to convey confidence from back to front

  6. davidrusa says:

    Gabriel’s call up to the Brazilian national team can benefit Arsenal greatly. There is great competition for places in the Brazilian team, hence all players have to play hard to retain their places. This will put Gabriel at a higher level and in the process benefit Arsenal. His profile will also rise and opponents will not take him for granted. Furthermore he will benefit from additional training with the Brazilian national team. The case of Gabriel resembles that of Giroud and Koscielny who never represented France at the junior levels but are now in the national team. Obviously this is great credit to Arsene Wenger who identifies unknown talent and turns them into internationals overnight. Gabriel will also realise that he has to perform well at club level because if one drops at club level the chances of losing a place in the national team are very high. All these issues will in the end be of great import to Arsenal.

  7. tissiam says:

    we have nearly a full squad of internationals,arsenal a small club ??

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