Since moving to Arsenal from Villareal in January, centreback Gabriel has settled into life in London with ease and is really happy here.
The Brazilian has been talking to Sky Sports ahead of travelling to Hull City and talking about.
Speaking about potentially winning the Premier League next season, he seems confident and reflected on our season.
“The title… it’s not easy, but if we prepare hard enough, we’ve got everything that is needed to win it. We’re taking into account that Arsenal has had a bad patch and has worked through it. If we manage to win the title (the FA Cup) and come second, then yes, it will have been a good season.”
So far, he’s enjoyed his time with the Gunners and feels he’s adapted well, despite the language barrier.
“My main difficulty was the English, that I didn’t understand anything, but I’m working very hard to improve and I’m enjoying myself here. He (Wenger) doesn’t tell me what to do to learn the language but he helps me on many occasions. The Spanish players help me as well; that’s what makes the club a family club because everybody helps each other. I’m adapting really well and my family is very happy – so I’m happy.”
Looking ahead to the match against Hull, the 24-year-old was adamant that Arsenal shouldn’t underestimate opposition who are fighting against relegation. He said, “I think that it is always more difficult to play well against a team that is fighting not to be relegated. I think that the main thing is we have to try and play intelligently to be able to overcome that.”
Although Gabriel is yet to replace Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny fully in the starting lineup, when he’s been called into action, the young centreback has impressed and definitely seems cut out for the Premier League.
It’s also great to hear about new players settling in well over here and feeling welcomed to our club.