PHOTO: Gabriel Paulista holding Arsenal shirt


Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, for a reported fee of £11.2m, in a deal that saw forward Joel Campbell joining the La Liga giants on a season long loan. 

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.

Read the full interview of Gabriel Paulista here 

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