2. Mixed bag for Gabriel
Whether or not it is the greatest league in the world, if there is one thing that is for certain about the Premier League, is its uncompromising nature. Whether it is for defenders or for forwards, the English game certainly takes some getting used to. That is why it was surprising to see that Arsene Wenger went for Gabriel Paulista over the experienced Per Mertesacker for a tricky encounter against Everton.
Although the German’s performances have been far from convincing, putting Paulista in at the deep end against Everton was certainly a big surprise. But after a shaky start in which he almost cost his side goals, the 24-year-old centre back showed his class as he came back to help his side to their third home clean sheet in their last four games. In the first half, it looked as though the Brazilian was going to be the root cause of at least one goal but Paulista stayed strong. While it might take him some time to adapt to his new environment, the ability is certainly there and this might just mark the end for the German giant as the Gunners seem to have finally found themselves a defender who can and loves to defend.