Mikel Arteta says Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhães has ‘many qualities’ and will help Arsenal to improve at the back.
The Gunners have paid around €30 million for the 22-year-old after he impressed for Lille over the last 18 months.
We had to beat off stiff opposition to get our man with Napoli, Everton and Manchester United all said to have made contact with his representatives.
Gabriel, who will wear the number six shirt, becomes the fourth Brazilian in the first team squad and, when he comes out of quarantine, will challenge for a starting place with fellow new boy William Saliba, who returned to the club this summer after another season in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne.
Having spent big money on the duo, the football world will be keeping close tabs on their progress in the coming months.
Pleased to get a second deal of the summer over the line, Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. 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 also revealed that the club had been tracking the youngster for a while.
“We are delighted to have signed Gabriel,” he told Arsenal.com. “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.”