Arsene Wenger Sings the Praises of Gabriel
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his Brazilian centre half Gabriel, after seeing his Gunners side defeat Manchester City 2-1 in Sunday’s F.A. Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Gunners will meet Chelsea in the final on May 27th.
Gabriel played as part of a back 3 and had an excellent game against the Manchester club. Wenger explained the thinking behind playing the ex-Villarreal stopper on the right side of a back 3 against City.
“Well, Gabriel has played some positive games as a right-back. I felt that he has good pace, and today I felt that he could intervene for Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sane going through. Sane goes through a lot in behind and I felt that he had the pace to cover, to tackle and he did that very well.
“Especially in the second half when I think he saved three of four balls. So I just thought he was well-suited for this position. He played right-back, he played centre back and he plays at the moment in a position that is between the two.”