Gabriel Magalhaes: Arsenal Beat Off Competition To Sign The Brazilian Defender

Gabriel Magalhaes: Arsenal Beat Off Competition To Sign The Brazilian Defender

Gabriel Magalhaes has been signed by Arsenal from Lille. Arsenal beat off competition from Manchester United, Everton and Napoli for 22-year-old centre-back. Arsenal have signed Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille for £27m on a long-term contract.

The 22-year-old bolsters Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta’s options in defence that will be further boosted by William Saliba, who spent last season on loan at St Etienne following his £27m signing from the French club last summer.

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Gabriel, who played in all six of Lille’s Champions League group stage matches last season, is Arsenal’s second major summer signing following compatriot Willian’s move from Chelsea on a free transfer Centre-back Gabriel can cover a rampaging left-back, with the majority of his defensive actions made down that flank, while also clearing things up in his own penalty box

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Gabriel is the second player to join Arsenal from Lille in the past 12 months, following Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe’s move to the Emirates for a club-record £72m last summer.

Arsenal Coach, Mikel Arteta said on the club website:

“We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.” “He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.”He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

News Credit: Skys Sports

 

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