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Arsenal has completed the signing of Brazilian defender, Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £25 million ($33 million). Gabriel Magalhaes agreed to a five-year contract with the Gunners and becomes the club’s second new signing after Willian.

Arsenal’s technical director Eduardo César said of the new signing: “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.”

Mikel Arteta said of Gabriel: “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.”

Gabriel added: “[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.”

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Gabriel will not go into self-isolation for the next 14-days before he will be able to join the Arsenal squad. This is because he is arriving from France which is on the lists of quarantined countries of the UK government.



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