Wenger: I would prefer Gabriel to have better English

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 11:42

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Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal defender Gabriel will improve as a player once his grasp of English is better.

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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