Following the furore that surrounded his £11.3m move from Villarreal, Arsenal centre-half Gabriel Paulista finally made his Gunners debut in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.
Few defenders could hope for anything better than a flawless victory to kick-off their career at a new club and the Brazilian will be especially grateful to Boro for the easy afternoon they afforded him.
Despite the visitors’ substandard showing in the final third, Gabriel looked assured in his first game in English football and still managed to record some respectable figures to keep the statisticians’ on their toes.
One tackle doesn’t strike as an overly impressive effort, but this single battle won means the 24-year-old boasts a 100% success rate when attempting to dispossess adversaries.
Eight clearances means he ties with colleague Calum Chambers and Boro’s Kenneth Omeruo for a game-high tally, while his two interceptions is one short of the best total mustered in the match.
Composed in possession, Gabriel’s ball-playing prowess was evident at the Emirates too.
Of those to start the match, only centre-back compadre Laurent Koscielny bested his pass completion rate of 93.7%, which came from a sizeable 79 passes attempted.
Middlesbrough’s willingness to allow Arsenal as much of the ball as they wanted meant the son of Sao Paulo was afforded ample time to locate a teammate when he did encounter the orb.
Matching these stellar figures will be truly impressive in a Premier League dust up complete with ferocious, unrelenting pressing, but the stats confirm he’s a capable technician.