Wenger: Gabriel will get better as his English improves

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 10:03

Gabriel: Allayed language concerns

Arsene Wenger wants Gabriel to improve his grasp of English in order to enhance his performances in the Arsenal defence. 

The Brazilian, who joined the Gunners from Villarreal a year ago, was among the poorest performers as Wenger’s men suffered a damaging 3-2 defeat to a makeshift Manchester United side at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Gabriel has so far failed to dislodge Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as first-choice centre-halves and Wenger hopes the 25-year-old makes quick strides in his attempt to learn the language if he is to cement a place in the first XI.

“I would prefer him to have better English,” Wenger said. “In a fraction of a second sometimes somebody can help you.

“He has Nacho Monreal who plays next to him, he can speak Spanish. I believe as well he’s working very hard on his English and he’s improving quite quickly.”

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