Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is worried that £11m signing Gabriel Paulista’s English is so bad it may cause problems in the Gunners defence – but may still give the Brazilian his debut against in the FA Cup over the weekend.
The 24 year-old defender joined the North London club from Spanish side Villarreal in the January transfer window.
“When you don’t speak English and you don’t understand ‘Come out, come back, right, left’, it is a problem for a defender,” Wenger said.
“You need to know the key words. Offside. Referee. Foul.”
Arsenal host Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough in England’s primary domestic cup competition on Sunday, and while the Gunners will go into the game at the Emirates Stadium as heavy favourites, they will doubtless be wary of a side that knocked out last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City in the previous round.
German defender Per Mertesacker could be rested for the game, with Gabriel expected to play in his place.
The Brazilian made a total of 50 appearances for the Yellow Submarine in Spain over the course of two seasons before his big-money move to Arsenal.
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