01, 10th, the third round of the FA Cup, Arsenal will play against Oxford United
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Before the game, Arsenal central defender Gabriel talked about his performance this season and his feeling of missing the Brazilian national team’s World Cup in Qatar in an interview with ESPN.
On his performance after arriving at Arsenal
Gabriel: "When you come to a club like Arsenal it makes a big difference and I’m very happy to be here. It’s one of the best leagues in the world to play in such a difficult league.
I came here and I learned a lot, at first it was of course difficult to play here but now I’ve settled in really well. I know a lot more about the Premier League and how they play. It makes it easier for me."
"The biggest difficulty for me is the style of play, but I do a lot of extra work in my daily training and I believe I’ve improved since coming here and I’m happy to learn more."
About coach Arteta
Gabriel: "We have a great relationship, we’re always chatting. He’s a coach who is very close to the players and he’s very influential. He’s helped me a lot since I’ve been here. He’s
A great guy who really takes care of everyone on the team, it’s like a family. He makes us happy and that makes us really hungry to win."
"All the players are working hard and the most important thing is that everyone wants to play and everyone wants to win. This group is very united and we are on this journey together. There is still a lot of work to do, but we hope we can
Stay focused and get the job done."
About the difference brought by the joining of Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel: "We already had a very good team, and the arrival of Jesus has brought us more help. At the beginning of the season, we saw a huge difference and saw
Great mentality. We run for each other out there and our unity makes the difference, so we’re reaping the results."
"In my opinion, Jesus is a very focused player, a real world-class player. Even though he has injury problems now, we all see him working hard every day to recover and come back to help us.
Our squad is capable and we have players who can make up for his absence. Sadly these are things that happen in football and we miss him a lot because he has a lot of experience and won a lot of titles. Hope he
Being able to come back to the team sooner will help us do better."
About Zinchenko and Saliba
Gabriel: "Zinchenko and Jesus have won a lot of titles at their previous clubs and we know their quality. They are here to help us. Jesus is injured, he is very important for the team, he helps
taught us a lot. He brings that experience to the team."
"Saliba was out on loan but he’s back as a more mature player. He has quality and we communicate well, especially considering it’s only our first season together.
. We work hard every day and that helps us get good results on the pitch."
About not being in Brazil’s World Cup squad
Gabriel: "Yes, this result definitely makes me sad, but for a player, it’s normal, especially I have been in the team before, except for the last call-up. But I have
The family was there for me and at Arsenal everyone communicated with me. It kept my head above water, I’m a family person and I digested that well, it’s part of football
, This motivates and spurs me to continue to improve, so I will continue to work hard, I know there will be World Cup games next, and I will continue to work hard to get into the team."
On Arsenal currently top of the Premier League table
Gabriel: "I think everyone knows that we are a very young team and we have a very good mentality. Our coach is very close to us and he talks to us a lot. From the beginning we
Just knew it was going to be difficult, last season we missed out on qualifying for the Champions League, it was a little bit bitter, this season we focused, worked hard and had a great success, it was step by step because we knew it
"We did it step by step, it’s never an easy game, we need to keep our feet on the ground and eventually we’ll see what can happen. Arteta always gave us confidence and we worked really hard, in some games
, we saw where we needed to improve and that helped us a lot, our team is very united."