Arsenal vs Stoke City – Five Key Talking Points

2. The rise of Gabriel Paulista
Paulista has been turning some heads lately

Every season after the transfer window closes, the Pundits and Tactical Experts give their opinion on the shortcomings in the squad ahead of a long and torrid season, and every time Arsenal were said to have a ‘title winning’ backline which was the case this time too. But injury to Per Mertesacker meant that Gabriel Paulista would get his chance for weeks to come and he did well to compensate the big Germans absence. He has been a vital part of the Gunners back-four and has delivered every time he has been asked to play. A dynamic style of play meant that Koscielny had the space to take a few risks which was exactly the case in this game. The Gunners faithful would not be surprised to see the young Brazilian along with Koscielny week-in, week-out given his performances.


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