Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Gabriel Paulista will finalise his transfer to Arsenal tomorrow morning and doesn’t envisage any problems with the Brazilian defender sealing a work permit.
Villarreal confirmed yesterday that a deal had been struck with the Gunners and that Joel Campbell would move to Spain on loan in return.
Quizzed by Ray Stubbs on BT Sport after Arsenal’s 3-2 win at Brighton, Wenger said of the imminent acquisition: “Yes, the reports are accurate. It’s very, very, very close and it should be done tomorrow.
“We will be alright on that front,” he added when asked specifically about the work permit issue.
“He [Gabriel] is player who is 24-years-old, he is a good size, good pace and is a good defender. He plays only for one year in Europe, maybe there are some things to work on, but the potential is there.”