Gabriel Magalhaes mentioned the affect of Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu satisfied him to affix the Gunners after finishing a reported 22 million kilos ($30 million) transfer from Lille on Tuesday. The 22-year-old defender was additionally in demand from Manchester United and Napoli after impressing as Lille completed fourth within the curtailed 2019/20 Ligue 1 season. Gabriel provides to Arsenal’s rising Brazilian contingent because the membership’s former midfielder Edu left his position as coordinator for the Brazilian nationwide crew to grow to be technical director final yr.

And Arteta, who has guided the Gunners to the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first 9 months in cost, additionally helped swing Gabriel’s last determination.

“Edu and I had a number of chats about Arsenal and the brand new undertaking, we had many good conversations,” Gabriel instructed Arsenal Digital.

“As the times glided by I used to be getting very enthusiastic about it, then I had a name from the coach and that was very reassuring.

“Having the coach himself calling you to say he desires you in his squad motivates you numerous. That’s the very purpose I’m right here as we speak.

“We didn’t speak about (particulars), he simply instructed me he’s conscious of my high quality, my capability and the way far I can go. He additionally mentioned he will probably be very demanding with me.”

Regardless of their cup success, Arteta was on the lookout for defensive reinforcements after ending eighth within the Premier League final season — Arsenal’s lowest league end since 1994/95.

“He has many qualities which is able to make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a crew,” mentioned Arteta. “He has proved with Lille that he’s a defender with many excellent attributes and we’re trying ahead to watching him develop as an Arsenal participant.”

Gabriel joins skilled Brazilian worldwide duo David Luiz and Willian, who’s Arsenal’s solely different signing to date within the shut season.

“He’s a participant we’ve got been finding out for some time and he was in demand from many golf equipment, so we’re proud to have agreed and accomplished this switch with Lille and the participant,” mentioned Edu.


“Gabriel is a participant of top quality and Mikel and his coaches are trying ahead to integrating him into the membership.”

Arsenal are additionally reportedly near agreeing one other season-long mortgage deal for Dani Ceballos from Actual Madrid, whereas Arteta mentioned after Saturday’s Neighborhood Protect victory over Liverpool that membership captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is near extending his contract to stay on the Emirates.

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