5) Gabriel Paulista
Wenger’s search for defensive reinforcements has led to a relatively unknown name propping up in the news lately. Villareal’s 24 year old Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is the latest to join Wenger’s long list of defenders to keep an eye out for. Arsenal’s search for a new centre-back seems to have led them to the east coast of Spain.
Brazilian Gabriel Paulista is building a reputation as a defender with both tenacity and technique at Villarreal. Reports suggest that Arsenal have made a firm enquiry about acquiring the player. Paulista himself certainly seems open to the prospect, without going so far as to burn his bridges with the Spanish club. “Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head,” he said. “I’m very calm. My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.”