Gabriel Paulista

Squad No. 5
Date of Birth November 26, 1990
Age 30
Height 187cm
Position Defender
Birthplace São Paulo
Previous Clubs Arsenal

Gabriel Armando de Abreu (born 26 November 1990), commonly known as Gabriel Paulista or simply Gabriel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Spanish club Valencia.

He began his career with Vitória in 2010, winning two Campeonato Baiano titles and finishing as runner-up in the 2010 Copa do Brasil. He also spent a season-and-a-half in Spain’s top flight with Villarreal before joining Arsenal in January 2015. In August 2017, Gabriel completed a move to Valencia.

On 18 August 2017, Gabriel returned to Spain to join Valencia on a five-year contract. He made his debut on 9 September, in a 0–0 home draw against Atlético Madrid. On 20 January 2018 he was sent off for dissent in a 2–1 loss at UD Las Palmas, infuriating his manager Marcelino García Toral.

Gabriel played five games as Los Che won the 2018–19 Copa del Rey, including the 2–1 final win over Barcelona on 25 May; it was their first honour for eleven years. On 10 December 2019 he was sent off at the end of a 1–0 win at AFC Ajax in the last game of the Champions League group stage, for headbutting Dušan Tadić.