Arsenal announce the signing of Brazillian and Lille defender Gabriel Magalhães

Gabriel Magalhaes has joined Arsenal on a five-year contract
Ernest Sunday

Brazilan defender Gabriel Magalhães has completed a transfer to Arsenal after long talks over a move to London on a long term contract.

The Gunners acquired the service of the young defender in a deal worth £25m and Gabriel signed a five-year contract with the club.

The 22-year-old centre back has been linked with a move to England with Manchester United and Arsenal fighting for the signature of the central defender.

Arsenal beat Manchester United, Napoli and many other European top clubs to Gabriel Magalhães signing. Gabriel's arrival makes him the fourth signing for Arsenal since the summer transfer window opened after signing Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer and tying down loan boys Mari and Cedric Soares to a permanent deal.

Arsenal is also on the brink of re-signing Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan, and talks are in an advanced stage.

Speaking on his move to London, Gabriel said he was convinced to join Arsenal because of the club's tradition and history and because he had amazing calls with Arsenal's technical director and fellow countryman Edu Gaspar and the head coach Mikel Arteta.

"Edu and I had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations. As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.

“Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today. We did not talk about details, he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.

"I know he is a great coach, and I will make progress with his help."

Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta has also welcomed Gabriel to the Emirates Stadium, "We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

Gabriel's arrival at the Emirates will give the Gunners a solid defensive line in the coming seasons

"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."

Arsenal's technical director Edu also expressed his happiness in the signing of Gabriel:

"We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.

"Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club." 

Gabriel will be quarantined for 14 days according to the instruction given by the UK government before he will be able to team up with the rest of his new teammates at the Emirates.

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