Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille

Arsenal has announced the signing of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

The Gunners made this announcement in a statement issued via its official website on Tuesday.

According to the English club, the 22-year-old Brazilian would wear our number 6 shirt.

Gabriel, whose full name is Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes, began his career in Brazil with Avai FC, before joining Lille in January 2017.

When he was in France, Gabriel spent time on loan with Troyes in France and latterly in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb.

The Sao Paulo-born defender on returning from his loan spells became a regular in the Lille side, helping them to a fourth-placed Ligue 1 finish last season and starting all six of their Champions League group-stage matches.

“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,” Edu, Technical director of Arsenal said.

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta speaking on the transfer 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.”

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