Arsenal have taken a hit with the number of injuries that their team have faced during the summer and the fans were handed a major boost as central defender Gabriel Paulista have been spotted training with the first team.
The player was pictured training ahead of Arsenal clash of Southampton and would be a welcome addition to Arsene Wenger as the Gunners are set to participate in the Champions League and League Cup in the upcoming days.
However, the player might not be featuring in the game against Paris Saint-Germain this Tuesday at Paris as Wenger is not keen to force the player into the team ahead of his recovery.
With the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Paulista in the summer, Arsene Wenger was short of options in central defense going into the new season and was forced to finalize a deal for Shkodran Mustafi as Mertesacker was ruled out for the rest of the year.
Gabriel Paulista who have suffered the injury in pre-season was ruled out for almost two months and the manager had to rely on young Rob Holding and inexperienced Calum Chambers for their central defense in their season opener against Liverpool.
The arrival of Laurent Koscielny and the signing of Mustafi has strengthened the defense of Arsenal. Gabriel Paulista was initially ruled out for about eight weeks but the player is recovering ahead of schedule and could return in just six weeks.
“He’s progressing very well. He’s ahead of schedule. We said six to eight weeks and we think it could be six,” Wenger said ahead of Watford clash before the international break.
However, Aaron Ramsey is yet to recover from his hamstring injury while Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck could only return by next year as they continue their recovery from major injuries.