By Walter Broeckx
So after the usual long wait Arsenal.com finally made it known to the world that we have a new player. His full name is Gabriel Armando de Abreu. And that sounds a good name to have to me. It really sounds Portuguese and that is not that surprising as he comes from Brazil. The biggest country in the world where they speak …well Portuguese.
They sometimes refer to him as Gabriel Paulista. That is because he was born in Sao Paulo. And people from Sao Paulo are Paulistas. Well that is what they have told me. It would be the same if they would say that Tony Attwood is Tony Londoner. Maybe he could have posted under that name as a writer. But this is not really the way we do it over here. But it is common in Brazil to add that to your name I have been told. But from having being told you hear the biggest lies is an idiom in Dutch so I just give it for what it is worth.
He is 24 years old as they say but for me this is young. I wish I was still at that point in my life. But time goes by for everyone in the same way so no need to moan about that.
So where does he play? He is a centre back. But apparently he can also play at left back and at right back. So we might have done some good business by not only buying cover or having a centre back but also he can cover right, left and probably he could play in goal also. Never mind that last position but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Another nice note is that because of the free fall of the Euro we now suddenly play a nice sum of money less than we would have had to pay at the start of January. I wonder if Wenger knew this? Wouldn’t surprise me at all.
He played almost every match for Villareal this season and they had a pretty good defensive record. Conceding only 17 goals in their 19 La Liga matches. And being unbeaten for 18 matches. That all sounds like nice music in my ears.
And on Arsenal.com he is saying a few things that really sounds great. Saying how he comes from a small club in Brazil and then fulfilling a big dream playing in Europe. And now making the step to a top team in Europe.
But what I liked most of all is that he sees himself not as THE man but as A man of the team. He seems to think his own person is not that important but the club is what is important. The team is what matters. I would say that is a nice way of thinking.
Now I must say that I have never seen him play in the flesh or on TV. But they said that he is rather quick for a guy of his stature and is a fighter. He is 6ft1in or 1.87 meter as I know it. A combination of Per and Kos? Sounds good to me.
Other news is that Campbell has signed a new deal and is loaned to Villareal and thus making the opposite move from Gabriel for the rest of the season.
So we have cover in 3 positions by buying one player. An amazing deal I would say. I hope I can get a first glimpse of him next Sunday.
Welcome Gabriel!!! Untold wishes you all the best in your career and we welcome you with open arms.