Gabriel expects to stay in defence

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New Arsenal signing Gabriel has revealed that he used to play as a striker, reports the Daily Star. 

The 24-year-old Brazilian, who joined the Emirates outfit from Spanish side Villarreal last month, has admitted that he failed as a forward, so was ultimately placed in the back-line. 

And, since moving into defence, Gabriel has gone from strength-to-strength, and has admitted that he doesn't expect to change position again in his career.  

Striker failure 

Speaking about growing up in Sao Paulo, the defender told reporters: "There were always small teams close to where I used to live, where my family lived, and I started just as every other child - I was on the attack.

"But I never did well. I kept going back and back through the team, then I went to a club and they put me on the defence, and then I started playing there and it really excited me.

"Nothing would take me out of the defence now.

"Thanks to God, things worked out, and they have been working out in my life, and I think I will never change my position again."

There's no doubt about it, Arsenal fans will be hoping that their new star has a key role to play over the coming weeks and months as the club go in search of success this season. 

Key man 

Gabriel will be hoping to become a key man for Arsene Wenger in north London after proving his credentials in La Liga. 

In fact, before his move to England's elite division, the 24-year-old had been a main stay in the Villarreal, as they proved defensively strong. 

The duo of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker will most certainly have to up their game sooner rather than later or Gabriel could pip them to a first team spot.

And Gabriel may well be in the Gunners' squad for this weekend's north London showdown with rivals Tottenham, but is expected to sit on the bench as Wenger's side go about securing maximum points in the derby. 

Arsenal fans: Do you think Gabriel will become a regular at your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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