The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates for a fee of £12 million back in 2015 after an impressive spell with Villarreal, and he looked like he could be a big player for the Gunners initially.
— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) August 18, 2017
However, his form was never really consistent enough, and he was often accused of lacking concentration at key moments, and losing his temper in big matches.
Gabriel never materialised into the elite defender Gooners had hoped he might be, but the news that he’s signed for Valencia this afternoon – for a loss of nearly £2 million – has left a lot of supporters rather upset:
Why did we have to sell GABRIEL PAULISTA!? ??? @Arsenal
— Ofem Ojah (@OFEM_5IVE) August 18, 2017
— The Football Mole (@moleyfootball) August 17, 2017
Gabriel came to Arsenal, won more trophies than Tottenham in the last 25 years then left
Gabriel is bigger than Tottenham
— Gooner Adam (@AdzCampbell91) August 17, 2017
All the best at Valencia, Gabriel! pic.twitter.com/E0baNqtjQq
— Arsenal TV ?⚪ (@Arsenal__Live) August 18, 2017
— James Warner (@JamesWarnerAFC) August 18, 2017
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 18, 2017
Will miss Gabriel ffs. Unreal rustler
— Insaf (@InchoPancho) August 18, 2017
Gabriel is more useful than chambers. Strange decision
— paul cook (@mrcook2you) August 18, 2017
Can't believe Gabriel is leaving Arsenal ?
— harry potter (@accioholding) August 18, 2017
Gabriel Paulista left arsenal?? What why we need centre-backs yet we're selling them away?
— Muhammad Aathiq (@theaathiqone) August 18, 2017
Gabriel will be remembered for standing up to Costa who was bullying Koscielny. Then the incompetent Mike Dean sent him off instead of Costa
— Sam Onaissi (@Gunnerful) August 18, 2017
No idea why we've sold Gabriel knowing full well we don't have good replacement for Mustafi & koscielny. Typical Arsenal or Wenger shit.
— MÖHAMMED (@Mozorla19) August 18, 2017
Are you surprised to see so many fans disappointed to see him leave?
And could he have still done a job for Arsenal this season?