Arsene Wenger has admitted that new signing Gabriel Paulista may cost his side goals rather than prevent them.
The defender does not speak a word of English and that could cost the Gunners goals as he settles in. The Brazilian is available to make his debut versus Aston Villa following his £11.2million this week.
“At the moment, he doesn’t speak a word of English, and that can cost you goals,” Wenger said.
“If you mix ‘going forwards’ with ‘going backwards’, it can cost you.”
Wenger is most certainly not expecting immediate top performances from Gabriel, and in fact he is expecting that it will take some time for him to adapt.
He said: “You always have to give players time to adapt, especially in a defensive position, because you need to know your partners and need to communicate as well.
“He’s ready to go. He’ll be in the squad, certainly. He started his training yesterday and looks fit.”