• Gabriel follows fellow Brazilian Willian to club
  • Mikel Arteta hails ‘defender with many outstanding attributes’

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Gabriel Magalhães from Lille for £27m on a five-year contract, bringing their pursuit of the centre-back to a successful end.

Gabriel agreed to join Mikel Arteta’s side 10 days ago and from that point his arrival was in little doubt. He has been in enforced quarantine since flying to London from France on 24 August, a situation that has six days to run under the government’s Covid-19 rules, but signed his contract last week and will be expected to slot into a new-look backline.

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