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Gabriel was upset at half-time against Everton

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that defender Gabriel was 'upset' during the half-time interval against Everton on Saturday. 

As reported by Sky Sports, the Gunners chief, who watched on as his side secured all three points against the Toffees, has admitted that Gabriel wasn't happy after Ross Barkley's shot deflected off him to give Everton a lifeline at the Emirates.

Barkley's fortuitous strike brought Roberto Martinez's side back to within a goal of their Premier League counterparts, but they failed to take anything away from the game.

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After a strong second-half showing in north London, Wenger has hailed Gabriel, suggesting the Brazilian defender is a 'fighting leader'. 

The Arsenal chief stated: "Gabriel has shown that he is a fighter.

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"At half-time he was so upset at the deflection he got, but in the second half he came out again with the same spirit, it is a fantastic combative aspect.

"He is not a talking leader, he is a fighting leader, and I think he is a typical centre-back for the Premier League."

Rise to prominence 

It's starting to come together for Gabriel in the Premier League. After starring in Spain for Villarreal, it was always going to take the 24-year-old some time to adapt to the English game, but he now appears to be an important squad player for the north London outfit. 

With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny battling it out with the aforementioned Brazilian ace, Wenger has a great deal of talent to work with. 

Of course, in Arsenal's pursuit of title success, Gabriel must prove he's good enough to produce the goods on a consistent basis. But should he be playing week in, week out? 

Mertesacker appears to be just ahead of his teammate in the pecking order at this stage, but Gabriel will be confident that he will replace the 31-year-old for the long-term. 

Arsenal fans: does Gabriel deserve a regular role? Have your say below! 

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