Paulista was granted a work permit despite not having played for Brazil. The 24-year-old has been in great form this season and could be a key player for Wenger’s side. He becomes the second major signing for the Gunners in the January transfer window, with Arsenal having signed 17-year-old Croatian midfielder Krystian Bielik.
- Paulista shared his feelings about joining Arsenal:
First of all I want to thank God for the opportunity. It’s another dream in my career that has come true. I have only just arrived but I am already feeling really good here in London. I’m at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career.
- Paulista’s message for the Arsenal fans:
I am arriving at a big club like this and the fans can expect to find a Gabriel with a great will to help everyone. Not just thinking of me as an individual, because to me that is not important. I care more about helping the team and my team-mates also think that. I want to help everyone, so the fans can expect a Gabriel that on the field has a lot of will to be able to help the team win important things.