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Former Arsenal star Gabriel Paulista breaks down in tears during emotional interview

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Daily Mirror
 2021-02-28
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Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista was left in tears in an emotional interview following his Valencia side's 3-0 loss to Getafe.

Gabriel, who played for the Gunners for three seasons between 2014-17, played a full 90 minutes as Valencia slumped to the heavy defeat on Saturday.

And it is a result which leaves the Spanish giants dangerously close to the relegation zone, with Valencia now just six points off the drop after winning only three times in their last nine league games.

The club have been blighted by off-field issues recently, and despite being in the Europa League semi-final as recently as 2019 there is now real concern over their long-term future.

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Gabriel Paulista was clearly upset while being interviewed (Image: TWITTER@GrimandiTweetss)

And when asked about how the club have gone from Champions League football to battling relegation in such a short space of time, Gabriel was visibly upset while giving his response.

"It's f*****," he said. "To talk about this while playing for a club as big as Valencia is f******.

"But we have to move forward. We have lots of games left and we have to improve and get Valencia back to where they belong."

Throughout the interview Gabriel paused a number of times to compose himself, with his voice breaking on a number of occasions.

Valencia's supporters have regularly protested against their owner Peter Lim during the current campaign, who has sanctioned the sale of a number of key players for miserly fees.

And their manager Javi Gracia, once of Watford, is also coming under increasing pressure, with some rumours suggesting he could be sacked in the coming days.

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Gabriel's choked up on a number of occasions during the interview (Image: TWITTER@GrimandiTweetss)

He said after the game: "From my position, all I do is think about the next game, and prepare for it.

"I am not a problem for the club. I am worker and the club knows I want the best for the club and the best thing is to prepare for the next game."

Valencia now sit in 14th place in La Liga, and will be desperately hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Villarreal on Friday.

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