Gabriel Paulista has spoken of his tough upbringing in the impoverished south of Sao Paulo.

"I have seen death, I have witnessed robberies, Iā€™ve been robbed in Sao Paulo. Iā€™ve seen many things," Gabriel told Arsenal's official website.

But the 24-year-old admits he is proud to be able to give his mother a better life: "She lived in a shack in a favela. I talk about it because I am not ashamed of saying it, and today I am proud of being able to help her, to give her a better life, and me as well because I always dreamed about it. Thanks to God, things are coming true."

Gabriel has made a strong start to the season after joining the Gunners from Villarreal in January, reliably stepping in for first choice pair Laurent Koscielnyand Per Mertesacker when called upon.


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