Gabriel Paulista is still waiting to make his Arsenal debut, despite signing on transfer deadline day…
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Gabriel Paulista still hasn’t made his Arsenal debut because his language skills are still so poor. The 24-year-old joined the club from Villarreal on transfer deadline day, but has been an unused substitute thus far.
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Wenger, who was quoted by CaughtOffside, said: “When you don’t speak English and you don’t understand ‘Come out, come back, right, left’, it is a problem for a defender. You need to know the key words. Offside. Referee. Foul.”
“The players are always under tremendous pressure because everything they do is analysed by the pundits and the press,” Wenger added.
“The modern player has to live with that – resistance to stress has to be stronger than it was 10 years ago. He (Gabriel) will not read the press. He will just focus on his game – that is one of the advantages. When I was in Japan, people could say what they wanted.”
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