Arsenal Signs Gabriel From Lile For £27 Million. Arsenal has signed Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille for £27 million on a long-term contract.
Manchester United, Everton, and Serie A club Napoli all had an interest in the center-back Gabriel, who made 34 appearances in all competitions last season as Lille finished fourth in Ligue 1.
Also, the 22-year-old center-back supports Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta’s options in defense that will be further boosted by William Saliba. Saliba spent last season on loan at St Etienne following his £27m signing from the French club last summer.
Gabriel is the second player to join Arsenal from Lille in the past 12 months, following Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe’s move to the Emirates for a club-record £72m last summer.
Talking to the club’s website Mikel Arteta says “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team”.
Also, “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”.
However, the Technical director Edu adds “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”.