Gabriel Paulista is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League. Playing as a centre back, Gabriel began his club career in Brazil with Vitoria in 2010 before moving to Spanish club Villarreal in 2013. Winning the 2012 and 2013 Campeonato Baiano Best Central Defender awards in Brazil, Gabriel Paulista signed an 11 million pound deal with Arsenal in January 2015.
Born on the 26th of November 1990 in Sau Pailo, Brazil Gabriel began his career with Vitoria joining the club's youth setup in 2009 and making his senior debut in march 2010. His Serie A debut came in May the same year, a in 1-1 draw against Flamengo. Making his breakthrough in the side in 2011 he played 35 matches helping his side to return to the top division of Brazilian football. In August 2013 Gabriel signed for La Liga side Villarreal in a five year deal. His debut came in November 2013 against Atletico Madrid in a 1-1 draw. In his first season at the club he helped them to finish sixth in La Liga to qualify for the Europa League. For the 2014-15 season Gabriel impressed early on and he attracted big interest from other European clubs including Arsenal.
On the 26th of January 2015 Gabriel signed a big money move to Arsenal reportedly worth 11.3 million pounds. The deal included Arsenal striker Joel Campbell moving to Villarreal on loan.