Arsenal have now confirmed the £27m signing of defender Gabriel Magalhaes – as the Gunners unveiled him in a live clip on social media.
The Brazilian has signed a long-term deal and will wear the number 6 shirt as he becomes Mikel Arteta’s fourth major signing of the summer.
Mikel Arteta is thrilled with his squad and their attitude following their Community Shield victory over Liverpool.
The clip starts with Luiz congratulating Willian on his move to the Emirates, with the winger replying: ‘I’m so happy we will soon be together. Let’s go full throttle and win trophies.
Luiz then says ‘It’s so good that our little Brazilian family keeps growing’, and adds that he has ‘heard the family will get even bigger’. The pair then mention Magalhaes before deciding to invite him into the call to ask if he has joined.
The defender appears in an Arsenal shirt, saying ‘what’s up boys?’ as he is welcomed by his compatriots. ‘I’m so happy to be here with you guys. Lets make it count,’ he adds. ‘I cannot wait, let’s win trophies. We’ve already started well!’
Speaking about his new signing, Manager Mikel Arteta said Magalhaes had ‘outstanding qualities’ to make the team stronger defensively.
‘We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal,’ he said. ‘He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team. He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.’
Technical director Edu added: ‘We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.
‘Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.’