‘At Least One of Özil or Alexis Will Stay at Arsenal’ Predicts ex-Gunners Defender
Ex-Arsenal centre half Gabriel Paulista thinks at least one of Mesut Özil or Alexis Sanchezwill stay at Arsenal next season, but he wouldn’t be drawn on which one.
Alexis and Özil’s contracts both expire in the summer, with the pair heavily linked withBosman transfers in the summer.
But Gabriel, who himself left Arsenal in the summer for Valencia, believes that one of the twoplayers will extend their deal and stay in North London.
The Brazilian told FourFourTwo magazine, “The team would lose a lot if they left. I would betat least one of them stays. Don’t ask me which one, though!"
Gabriel also believes that he deserved more opportunities during his two and a half yearspell at the club, as he struggled to hold down a first team place.
“The injuries definitely didn’t help, but I think I deserved more opportunities at Arsenal,” theBrazilian says. I felt down as the only way I played was if my team-mates were injured. Ididn’t feel OK with that at all.
“I played one of my best games against City [in last season’s FA Cup semi-final] and wasvery happy, but then came the derby with Spurs and I gave away a penalty, and didn’t reallyplay again.”