Gabriel news: How does the Brazilian compare Arsenal from the time he signed to now?

Gabriel, who is one of the senior players at the club, has grown a lot personally and has also seen the club grow since his arrival from Lille in 2020.

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By Karthik Raman | May 28, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Arsenal have missed out on the Premier League title for the second time in a row to Manchester City. After a tightly fought battle, the Gunners were not able to get their hands on the trophy on the final day of the season. Last year, Arsenal fell short a couple of games before the campaign came to a conclusion. However, this time, they fought till the final day but it was not enough in the end.

Either way, Arsenal players can keep their heads held high following their great run this season, especially since the turn of the year. One of the key reasons for their success is the centre-back pairing of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes. They both played an important role in Arsenal maintaining an air-tight defence, as well as in their build-up phase. Gabriel, who is one of the senior players at the club, has grown a lot personally and has also seen the club grow since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium from Lille in 2020.

Gabriel compares Arsenal from then to now

“When I came, maybe the club wasn’t in a good moment. The feeling we get whenever we are at Emirates Stadium now though is unbelievable. They are pushing us, supporting us – it’s amazing. Whenever I hear my own song as well… wow, it’s incredible. I’m so happy about that – it’s a dream for me. I always want to thank the Gunners fans for that, because I love it,” Gabriel was quoted as saying on Arsenal.com.

The 26-year-old added: “I think it was my wife who heard it first on social media. She was so happy too. But having that support for the whole team is so important for us when we are at home. They stay with us always. And also I always love the support we get from the away fans. Every stadium we go to, we can hear them – it’s amazing.”

Gabriel believes the togetherness of the entire group has played a big role in their recent development. “Everybody wants the same thing: to win titles. The team needs to be together if we are to achieve that in future. Everyone has that same mentality, and we are all determined for it. That’s the way to go forward. It comes from everyone, not just the players. Togetherness means one group. Your family, your friends, your teammates, the coaches, the chefs – everyone needs to do their thing for the group. Here, how we play, how we stick together, how we work for each other – I’ve never seen this anywhere else before. It’s a dream for me to be a part of it,” he explained.

It was in 2017 that the Brazilian moved to Europe after joining French side Lille. Speaking about the change in his new environment, Gabriel said, “There are a lot of differences between playing in Brazil and playing in Europe. The main one for me was the language. When I got to France, the first year was a little bit difficult. I needed to learn the language, and also the weather was a shock! In Brazil it would be 25 or 27 degrees, then when I got to France all of a sudden it was minus temperatures. It was the first time in my life I had experienced that. But at the time you learn, you make the changes, and you get bigger as a player and a person.”

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