The 22-year-old Brazilian centre-back officially joins Mikel Arteta's side after long-standing rumours linking him with the Gunners.
Arsenal's official Twitter account posted a video of a call featuring Brazilian duo Willian and David Luiz, and Gabriel joined the call towards the end to say hello to his new fans. Check out the full video with the trio of samba stars chatting about Gabriel's new home and sending a shoutout to the Arsenal family.
The deal for Gabriel Magalhães, more commonly known as Gabriel, a left-footed central defender, is believed to be an initial €26m + €4m in add-ons. Gabriel will wear the number 6 jersey.
Technical director Edu said: “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: “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.”
The Arsenal plays a series of behind-closed-doors friendlies before they kick off the 2021-21 Premier League season at Craven Cottage against new boys Fulham.
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