Former Arsenal defender Gabriel has slammed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for the way he was treated during his time at the club.
The centre-back made 64 appearances for the side after joining from Villarreal in January 2015, but a combination of injuries and strong competition meant that he was unable to secure a regular place in Wenger’s best XI.
The 26-year-old feels that he should have been given more chances to show his quality at the club.
“I deserved more of an opportunity,” he told Sky Sports.
“Sometimes I played because my team-mates were injured. 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.”
The Brazil international also felt that he was unfairly singled out after bad results.
“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.”
Gabriel won two FA Cup trophies during his two-and-a-half-year spell with Arsenal. He left the club to return Spain with Valencia in the summer.
He has become a regular starter for the Spanish side and has played a big role in their remarkable turnaround this season.
Valencia have won nine of their 12 La Liga games this term and if they can beat leaders Barcelona on Sunday they will close the gap at the top of the table to just one point.
Meanwhile, his former club Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to face Premier League rivals Burnley on the same day. It is all to play for at the weekend, with the two sides level on 22 points heading into the game.