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Former Arsenal defender Gabriel thinks he “deserved more of an opportunity” at the Emirates, and was unfairly blamed after bad results.
The centre-back made 64 appearances for the Gunners after joining from Villarreal in January 2015, but left in the summer to sign for Valencia.
He says it was “a dream” to play in the Premier League, despite not being fully satisfied with the experience.
“I think I had the ability to play and to start games because I deserved to do so, or because I did well in training, but that didn’t happen.
“Sometimes I’d play three or four games and if Arsenal lost, I’d be dropped and everyone on the outside would say, “It’s Gabriel’s fault.
“That wasn’t good for me. People thought, ‘When that guy plays, Arsenal always lose.’ When [Hector] Bellerin got injured, I played at right-back and Arsenal started to lose.
“I think I played in four or five games en route to the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City and I played brilliantly in that game. I played really well and I received plenty of praise. Then I think we faced Tottenham away and lost, I gave away a penalty in that game and lost my place in the team. I didn’t play again.