Gabriel Fernández Arenas
Gabi playing against Real Madrid in 2013
|Full name||Gabriel Fernández Arenas|
|Date of birth||10 July 1983|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Atlético Madrid|
|CF San Eladio|
|2004–2005||→ Getafe (loan)||32||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 1 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of Atlético de Madrid's youth system, Gabi was seldom used during his debut season with the Colchoneros' first team. After a loan to another Madrid side, Getafe CF, he would amass 52 La Liga appearances for Atlético from 2005 to 2007, scoring his only goal in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Espanyol on 9 April 2006.
In early February 2007 Gabi joined Real Zaragoza on a €9 million transfer, agreeing to a four-year contract effective as of July. He was an undisputed starter in his first year, but the Aragonese were relegated from the top flight.
Defensive-minded Gabi scored four goals in 35 games in the 2008–09 campaign, helping Zaragoza immediately regain its lost status. In the following season he again was an automatic first-choice, helping his club to a final 14th position.
Again a starter in the 2010–11, only missing matches due to suspension, Gabi netted a career-best eleven goals as Zaragoza again escaped relegation, six from penalty kicks – he was also team captain. On 12 March 2011, he scored twice from the spot in a 4–0 home win against Valencia CF; on 30 April, in the same predicament, he scored in a 3–2 away success against Real Madrid and, in the last matchday, he grabbed a brace in a 2–1 win at Levante UD, which certified the team's permanence.
On 1 July 2011 Gabi returned to Atlético Madrid, with a transfer fee of around €3m. He scored his first goal for the team on 4 December, in a 3–1 home win against Rayo Vallecano – adding one in his own net –and started most of his first season in his second spell, partnering another club youth graduate, Mario Suárez, in defensive midfield.
In the 2012–13 campaign Gabi played 45 official matches, including seven in the club's victorious run in the Copa del Rey, the first in 17 years. He was also selected by manager Diego Simeone as the new captain.
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
- Spain U20
|2003/04||Atlético Madrid||Spanish League||6||0|
|2005/06||Atlético Madrid||Spanish League||32||1|
|2006/07||Atlético Madrid||Spanish League||20||0|
|2011/12||Atlético Madrid||Spanish League||31||2|
|2012/13||Atlético Madrid||Spanish League||35||0|
- "Zaragoza move early to get Gabi". UEFA.com. 5 February 2007.
- "Zaragoza crush Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Zaragoza end Real title dream". ESPN Soccernet. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Zaragoza end drop fears". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
- "El Zaragoza hace oficial traspaso de Gabi al Atlético" [Zaragoza makes Gabi transfer official] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Aperitivo de calidad que no llena" [Five-star appetizer leaves begging for more] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "Gabi: "No me veo en otro equipo que no sea el Atlético"" [Gabi: "I can't see myself in any other team than Atlético"] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Gabi – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile
|Atlético Madrid Captain