Gabriel Paulista, the 25 year old central defender has sprained his ankle and has subsequently sustained some ligament damage to the area.
The injury took place during Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Manchester City; the final preseason friendly game played this past Sunday. Gabriel was taken off field on a stretcher, presumably in a lot of pain. Due to the nature of his injury he will not be playing for a while as to give his ankle sufficient time to heal.
The closest Mr. Paulista will get to playing soccer in the upcoming weeks is in one of the Royal Vegas online casino games! There are many soccer themed slot machine games to choose from too; Shoot, World Cup Mania, or Soccer Safari.
It should be noted that Gabriel’s injury is not only largely inconvenient for himself; but it puts Arsenal in a rather precarious situation as a team. Gabriel’s absence marks a definite gap in the team’s defense and center back area; somewhere they simply cannot afford to be short. Gabriel’s injury leaves him unable to play in a rather important match too; the Premier League opener in which Arsenal takes on Liverpool.
Now Arsenal is faced with some tough decisions to make. How are they going to compensate for the loss of Gabriel Paulista? Paulista’s absence is paired with two of their other star defenders, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, also being unavailable to play. This really puts Arsenal in a bind, with their options becoming increasingly limited.
This means that Arsenal is left with only one senior centre-back who is available to play: Calum Chambers. The only other alternatives within the team would be one of the younsters; Krystian Bielik (18) or Rob Holding (20) –neither with a wealth of experience. Nacho Monreal could potentially be put into the middle and have Kieran Gibbs play on the left; but this is not necessarily the best option, it would appear. Arsenal manager Wenger is reportedly looking for an experienced center-back outside of the team, but it will be quite a difficult task to get a deal done and dusted in this timeframe.
As a result, Gabriel Paulista’s injury is being hailed as a catastrophe of note for Arsenal, who will inevitably have to start the season on the back foot; and not as well-prepared and strong as they would have previously had hoped for. Hopefully Wenger’s delve into the transfer market will yield some good results, because arsenal could do with two more players to fill the gap in this position.
However, their inability to bring in any new players into the club in a while has been going on for quite some time so many doubt that Wenger will be able to close a deal with someone good in the short window of time they have to make a transfer. It seems like we will have to wait to see how this saga unfolds for Wenger and the rest of Arsenal.