Valencia centre-back Gabriel Paulista has reflected on his spell at Arsenal, as he prepares to face his former club in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.
Gabriel will return to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since leaving the Gunners in 2017 and as the 28-year-old continues to impress for Valencia, he insists he couldn't be happier with his decision to swap London for La Liga.
Speaking to The Independent, the Brazilian defender admitted: “I arrived here almost two years ago now. I can’t remember having an unhappy moment since… not one.
“With all respect to Arsenal, I have nothing to prove to them anymore.
“When I played, it was often because of an injury to my team-mates. I deserved more opportunities."
He continued: “I was sad because I knew I had the ability to play… but other people didn’t think so.
Gabriel vs Diego Costa. That's enough reason alone to watch Valencia Atleti. pic.twitter.com/To3RXo7GuV— Andy West (@andywest01) August 20, 2018
“Obviously, I’ve played a lot better here [than at Arsenal]. I could not be happier. The boss, the fans, the people at the club are happy with me.
Gabriel was signed for Arsenal by Arsene Wenger before the 2015/16 season. The legendary manager would remain in charge for a further two seasons, but Gabriel has spoken about the tangible feeling around the club during Wenger's final years.
“I arrived during Arsene Wenger’s last years and you could feel something different in the locker room straight away.
“He helped me a lot to be another kind of person on and off the pitch. He was respected by all the players and staff, but the atmosphere was so noticeable.
Source : 90min