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Arsenal: Gabriel Magalhaes finally signs for the club

Arsenal: Gabriel Magalhaes finally signs for the club - Arsenal News

Arsenal have finally made a big announcement that fans have been waiting to see as a new defender was unveiled following signing for the club.

Arsenal tweeted out that defender Gabriel Magalhaes has signed for the club from Ligue 1 side Lille. The 22 year-old will wear the number six shirt and has signed on a long term deal.

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Manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the Brazilian, saying: “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 centre-back made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League last season, averaging 3.3 clearances, 1.8 tackles, and 1.2 interceptions per game, via WhoScored. This is very good showing for someone so young playing at a top level and not only does his age highlight that he has potential to grow even more as a player, it also emphasises that he could become a vital player at the Gunners for many seasons.

This feels like something the North London side definitely need at the back, as David Luiz is 33 and Sokratis, who has been linked to Napoli is 32. He is not the only centre-back who could depart as there has been speculation around Shkodran Mustafi’s future as well as Rob Holding’s and therefore the signing of Gabriel feels like the start of a new era at the back under Arteta. You still have the vital Premier League experience in Luiz, but he can teach Gabriel a lot and when he moves on, the young defender can take over.

This highlights how good a signing the former Lille man is, and hopefully under the guidance of Arteta, he can become a solid defender who helps push the Gunners further up the division as they only managed to finish eighth last season.

Gunners fans, what are your thoughts on this opinion? Comment below!


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