Official: Arsenal confirm signing of Gabriel Magalhaes

Official confirmation of Arsenal’s swoop for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has finally been forthcoming online on Tuesday afternoon.

Gabriel’s Lille stint

Gabriel, 22, spent just over three years on Lille’s books.

After a fairly slow start, the Brazilian would go on to firmly cement himself as a pivotal figure in Lille’s backline.

Gabriel played a key role for Les Dogues as they secured Champions League football in the 2018/19 campaign.

And once again this past term, before the French top-flight was brought to a premature end, Lille were firmly in the battle for a Champions League spot, finishing one point off 3rd – with Gabriel having featured in 24 of their 28 league outings.

LILLE, FRANCE – MARCH 8: Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon, OL) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 8, 2020 in Villeneuve d’Ascq near Lille, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Arsenal confirm Gabriel signing

On the back of such impressive displays, a host of top clubs were linked with a move for the stopper, including Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

It would be the latter of those outfits who were most persistently touted as favourites to land Gabriel, though, with reports last week claiming the centre-half had completed his Arsenal medical and was set to sign a five-year deal.

Gabriel Magalhães has completed his medicals with Arsenal today in London. He’s with his agents now ready to sign his contract until June 2025 and finally going to be announced as new Arsenal player. Here-we-go confirmed. #AFC #Arsenal #transfers

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2020

Now, on Tuesday the 1st of September, the Gunners have finally confirmed the signing of Gabriel.

In a Brazilian episode of ‘The Group Chat’ series run on Arsenal’s official YouTube channel, current Arsenal stars David Luiz and Willian were joined by Gabriel who was also wearing an Arsenal shirt.

Gabriel is a Gooner. pic.twitter.com/NvMZlvraXi

— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 1, 2020

Watch the full video below:

This is Arsenal calling!

Join us for a very special video call…

@DavidLuiz_4
🇧🇷 @WillianBorges88
pic.twitter.com/O3WcU7SeN7

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 1, 2020

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