Over the weekend, the Brazilian helped the Gunners decide up an important three factors within the Premier League after they beat Leicester Metropolis 1-0 away from residence.
It was a very good day for Mikel Arteta’s protection as they restricted the Foxes to only one shot all recreation (which was astray) – for a complete of 0.01 xG.
Gabriel has began each league recreation for the membership this season as they chase the title, but it surely appears he’s additionally doing quite a bit behind the scenes each day to essentially set up himself as a key chief in north London.
Talking about all of it on his YouTube channel on Monday, Watts famous that this improvement might see the centre-back in the future hand over the captain’s armband.
He stated (12:17): “You speak to folks, you speak to Mikel Arteta. While you speak about Gabriel and he would not simply speak about what he does on the pitch each week however what he does behind the scenes and the way he is come, how a lot of a frontrunner he’s changing into London Colney.
“The way in which he is actually mastered the English language, labored actually onerous to do this. And that is helped him develop into an actual management determine at Arsenal.
“He is nonetheless so younger as nicely, nonetheless a lot to return from Gabriel, and I simply suppose he is been he is been a beautiful signing little question about it. He is simply getting higher and higher.
He appears so excellent to play within the Premier League now. And he has these management abilities too. You realize, I would not put it previous Gabriel in some unspecified time in the future down the road, and actually see him put on the armband many occasions.”
What does Gabriel’s kind imply for the Gunners?
Thus far within the league, solely goaltender Aaron Ramsdale has performed extra minutes than Gabriel, who averages 6.85 rankings per recreation (by way of WhoScored).
That is higher than his centre-back associate William Saliba (6.73) in addition to different key defenders similar to Ben White (6.78) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (6.34) and Kieran Tierney (6.24).
However, as defined by Watts, it is not simply what he does on the pitch that makes him so necessary to the membership. It is actually nice to listen to that Gabriel has been working onerous to enhance his English talking abilities.
Final season, for instance, team-mate White defined how they managed to ‘click on’ regardless of a language barrier however now that should not be an issue – which might partly clarify why Arsenal’s kind has gone up a notch this season.
Having solely turned 25 in December, the Brazilian definitely has a giant future and maybe the present star will in the future be trusted with the captain’s armband.