Arsenal Signs Gabriel From Lile For £27 Million

Arsenal Signs Gabriel

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.

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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”.

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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”.

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