Gabriel Magalhaes: Arsenal signal Brazilian defender from Lille

Gabriel joined Lille from Brazilian aspect Avai in 2017

Arsenal have accomplished the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for 26m euros (£23.14m).

The 22-year-old, a left-footed centre again, made 34 appearances in all competitions for Lille final season as they completed fourth in Ligue 1.

He joins the Gunners on a long-term contract.

“He’s a participant we now have been learning for some time and he was in demand from many golf equipment,” mentioned Arsenal technical director Edu.

“Gabriel is a participant of top of the range and Mikel (Arteta) and his coaches are wanting ahead to integrating him into the membership.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta mentioned: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which is able to make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a group.

“He has proved with Lille he’s a defender with many excellent attributes and we’re wanting ahead to watching him develop as an Arsenal participant.”

Gabriel mentioned he thought of provides from quite a few golf equipment earlier than deciding to hitch Arsenal.

“It was a really surreal expertise, there have been provides coming from just a few completely different golf equipment,” he mentioned.

“I spoke so much with my household and my brokers, I additionally spoke with a few of Lille’s administrators however, as I mentioned, this membership’s historical past and traditions and the group undertaking for the subsequent few years had been very motivational for my determination to return right here.

“So right here I’m, sporting the Arsenal shirt – I’ll give my greatest for it.”


BBC World Service’s John Bennett

Though it took him a comparatively very long time to make an impression at Lille, Gabriel left an enormous impression on the French membership after some very spectacular performances during the last 18 months.

I spoke to the membership’s president Gerard Lopez for a BBC World Service radio present just lately and he was stuffed with reward for the defender on and off the pitch. Lopez talked about his bodily presence and his energy but additionally his tempo and his “nice move high quality”. He additionally informed me that Gabriel is near getting a call-up to the senior Brazil nationwide group.

In the meantime, Kieran Tierney will get pleasure from enjoying subsequent to him as a result of by all accounts he is wonderful at protecting behind an attacking full-back and, in contrast to some centre-backs, may be very snug when he is compelled into extensive areas.

It could take Gabriel slightly time to adapt to the Premier League however for Lopez there have been no doubts about his capacity: “He is acquired a lot expertise and bodily presence that he may succeed wherever.”

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