Mertesacker delighted with Arsenal newboy Gabriel

The recruitment of the Brazilian centre-back from Villarreal gives Arsene Wenger more cover across the back line and the German is delighted with his arrival

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker feels that the signing of Gabriel is a huge boost to the squad.

The former Villarreal man offers manager Arsene Wenger another option at the back after having to cope with injuries to the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Mertesacker already this season.

It is a signing that has given World Cup winner Mertesacker a great deal of optimism as Arsenal, sitting fifth in the Premier League, eye silverware in the FA Cup and Champions League.

“We suffered a lot at times with injuries but also with results,” Mertesacker told the press. “We want a very deep squad and we look much better now.

“We have that competition in our team and have an addition with a centre-back now so I think we have a deep and good squad at the moment.

“He is a talent and I think we will get him to the level he needs because he has that potential.

“From my point of view, it is very promising because we were short at the back, especially in the centre position.

“It was a needed position to get everyone going and to keep him on his natural position is very important.”

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