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Gabriel Paulista

Gabriel Paulista
Gabriel playing for Arsenal in 2015
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Armando de Abreu[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
2009 Taboão da Serra
2009–2010 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Vitória 77 (1)
2013–2015 Villarreal 37 (0)
2015– Arsenal 12 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Gabriel Armando de Abreu (born 26 November 1990), known as Gabriel Paulista or simply Gabriel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for English club Arsenal.

He began his career with Vitória in 2010, and also spent a season-and-a-half in Spain's top flight with Villarreal before joining Arsenal in January 2015.


  • Club career 1
    • Vitoria 1.1
    • Villarreal 1.2
    • Arsenal 1.3
  • International career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Individual 3.2
  • Career statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career


Born in São Paulo, Gabriel joined Esporte Clube Vitória's youth setup in 2009 from Clube Atlético Taboão da Serra, after having failed trials at Grêmio Barueri Futebol and Santos FC.[2] He made his senior debut for the former on 7 March 2010, starting in a 3–1 win at Camaçari for the Campeonato Baiano championship.[3] He made his Série A debut on 15 May, replacing Vilson in a 1–1 home draw against Flamengo.[4]

In August 2010, Gabriel appeared in both matches of 2010 Copa do Brasil finals against Santos, but playing as a right back. He made his first team breakthrough in late 2011, and went on to play a crucial role in the following year, appearing in 35 matches as Leão returned to Série A.

On 6 September 2012 Gabriel signed a contract extension with Vitória, until 2016.[5] He was elected the best central defender of 2013 Campeonato Baiano, being also crowned champions.[6]


On 15 August 2013 Gabriel moved to La Liga outfit Villarreal, signing a five-year deal with the club.[7] He made his debut in the competition on 10 November, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Atlético Madrid.[8]

Gabriel featured in 18 league matches during his first season abroad, sharing terms with Chechu Dorado, as the Yellow Submarine finished sixth and subsequently returned to a European competition. He made his UEFA Europa League debut on 21 August 2014, starting in a 3–0 away win against FC Astana.[9]

Profiting from Matteo Musacchio's injury, Gabriel also overtook Dorado and was made a starter in 2014–15. He formed a strong partnership with new signing Víctor Ruiz, with his side conceding only 17 goals in the 19 league matches in which he appeared.


On 26 January 2015, Gabriel was granted a work permit by the UK government and expected to join Arsenal for a fee of around £11.3 million.[10] He signed for the club two days later, with Joel Campbell moving the other way on loan.[11] Manager Arsène Wenger stated that despite the player's fitness, Gabriel could make errors in his first matches due to not being able to speak English.[12]

Gabriel made his debut for Arsenal on 15 February, playing the entirety of a 2–0 home win over Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup.[13] He made his Premier League debut six days later, coming on for Alexis Sánchez in the final minute of a 2–1 win away to Crystal Palace.[14]

Gabriel made his first full start in the Premier League in Arsenal's 2–0 home win over Everton on 1 March. His performance was praised by Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy: despite a shaky start to the game, Gabriel executed a perfect sliding tackle on the goal-bound Romelu Lukaku, cleanly winning the ball and creating an Arsenal counter-attack.[15] He was an unused substitute on 30 May, as Arsenal won the FA Cup Final 4–0 against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.[16]

On 19 September 2015, Gabriel was sent off at Chelsea for a tussle with Diego Costa; Santi Cazorla was later dismissed as nine-man Arsenal lost 2–0.[17] Gabriel initially received a standard three-match suspension for violent conduct after receiving a direct red card, but the decision was later withdrawn after a "wrongful dismissal claim";[18] he was however banned for one match and fined £10,000 for improper conduct by not leaving the pitch immediately.[19]

International career

On 20 March 2015, Gabriel was called up to the Brazil national football team for the first time, replacing the injured David Luiz for friendly matches against France and Chile.[20] However, he did not feature in either match.





Career statistics

As of match played 4 October 2015[21]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Continental[lower-roman 1] Others[lower-roman 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória 2010 Série A 11 0 2 0 8 0 1 0 22 0
2011 Série B 17 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 27 0
2012 35 0 5 0 0 0 17 4 57 4
2013 Série A 14 1 3 0 0 0 18 2 35 3
Total 77 1 10 0 8 0 46 6 141 7
Villarreal 2013–14 La Liga 18 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2014–15 19 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 29 0
Total 37 0 5 0 8 0 0 0 50 0
Arsenal 2014–15 Premier League 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2015–16 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 124 1 17 0 0 0 18 0 46 6 206 7


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  2. ^ and Arsenal)BarçaDispensado pelo Santos, zagueiro vira xerife na Espanha e alvo da cobiça de Barça e Arsenal (Released by Santos, stopper becomes a sheriff in Spain and is a target for ; ESPN Brasil, 15 January 2015 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ )Campeonato BaianoVitória 3 x 1 Camaçari: Campeonato Baiano 2012 (Vitória 3–1 Camaçari: 2012 ; Futebol Bahiano, 14 February 2012 (Portuguese)
  4. ^ gives draw to Vitória in the end: 1–1)FlaNo 'Alagadão', Fla cede o empate ao Vitória no fim da partida: 1 a 1 (In 'Alagadão', ; Globo Esporte, 15 May 2010 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Vitória renova contrato de Gabriel Paulista por mais dois anos (Vitória renews Gabriel Paulista's contract for two further years); Globo Esporte, 6 September 2012 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ )Baianão 2013Vitória domina lista dos melhores do Baianão 2013 (Vitória dominates list of the bests of ; Globo Esporte, 21 May 2013 (Portuguese)
  7. ^ El Villarreal CF ficha al central Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal CF signs stopper Gabriel Paulista); Villarreal's official website, 15 August 2013 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El Atlético saca provecho de su manual de supervivencia (Atlético takes advantage of their survival guide); Marca, 10 November 2013 (Spanish)
  9. ^ El periscopio amarillo vislumbra Europa (The yellow periscope sees Europe); Marca, 21 August 2014 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Gabriel Paulista granted work permit ahead of £11.3m Arsenal move; The Guardian, 26 January 2015
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  21. ^ Gabriel Paulista profile at Soccerway

External links

  • Villarreal official profile (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Gabriel Paulista profile at Soccerway
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