Everything you need to know about Gabriel Paulista
24-year old Brazilian central defender, 6'1" (185cm)
Moved to Villarreal for £2.5m in 2013
Played sporadically in the first season, but has been ever-present this season with 18 La Liga starts, two Copa Del Rey starts and six Europa League starts
Somewhat versatile, started as a left-back twice this season, and played right-back a few times at Vitoria
Was awarded best central defender of 2013 Campeonato Baiano, after Vitoria was crowned champions
Lack of caps for Brazil could put a spanner in Arsenal's chances of getting a work permit...Wenger will have to apply for a 'special talent' visa
Although some say his style is similar to Koscielny, his stats show a style more similar to Per Mertesacker, as he doesn't tackle too often, instead relying on reading of the game and positioning himself to intercept and clear (one of the highest interception rates in La Liga)
According to himself, his strengths are quickness, aerial duels, and recovery rate between games
One of his weaknesses is strength, he often gets outmuscled by strong centre-forwards, so he needs to bulk up a bit
Part of the deal includes Joel Campbell going on loan to the Spanish side until the summer
Seems like a fantastic signing. Not too young but still room for improvement, hybrid between Mertesacker's interception/aerial role and Koscielny's quick blocker style.
Gabriel Paulista on the prospect of moving to Arsenal:
The subject [of moving to Arsenal] is being discussed by my agent and the club. If I go to Arsenal it will be excellent. But if it's not finalised then I am relaxed. I am focused on my work here.
Gabriel Paulista on being patient:
My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm. Playing in the Premier League is one of my dreams. I have spoken to my agent about this.
Wenger on paying only what he thinks is fair:
We are ready to pay the price we think is right for a good player no matter what the price is. If we think it is the right price, we will pay it.
Former Barca right-back Albert Ferrer:
He is a very good centre back who is important for Villarreal being their best defender and that is why they want the money in his clause.