New Delhi: Arsene Wenger expressed his confidence that Arsenal's new defender Gabriel Paulista will not resort to extravagant playing style often associated with former Chelsea star David Luiz.
Paulista, 24, joined Arsenal from La Liga outfit Villarreal earlier this week on a permanent move which cost the London club 11.5 million pounds, besides sending Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell on loan in Spain as part of the transfer deal.
The Brazilian, who is yet to make his national team debut, has become one of the most established defenders in Spain and is already compared to star central defenders like David Luiz. But, Wenger is adamant that his ward is different from the world's most expensive defender.
Luiz moved to France giants Paris St-Germain last June, during the 2014 summer transfer window for a whopping 50 million pounds in a five-year transfer deal. However, despite the huge prize tag, Luiz is often blamed for wandering in attacking third thus leaving holes in his defensive position.
And Wenger feels that Gabriel is more of a typical defender who wants to defend. In contrast, Luiz is of a defensive midfielder, who loves to take part in attacking as well as defending. The Frenchman also mentioned the two players different back-grounds, which seem to reinforce the claim that they are different to each other.
"Gabriel is a different style to David Luiz, who looked more as a defensive midfielder, rather than a centre-back, because of his level of concentration and his dynamic [play] going forward.
“Gabriel is a more typical defender. He is a real defender, who wants to defend. He’s from Sao Paulo. He’s a Paulista. You have Rio players and you have Sao Paulo players. One is a beach area [Rio] and the other is more hard-working.”