Gabriel missing from Lille’s latest friendly game, is he heading to Arsenal?

Lille defender, Gabriel Magalhaes appears closer to a switch to Arsenal than we may think after he was omitted from his club’s latest friendly game in preparation for the new French league season.

The Brazilian defender has been linked with a move to several top European teams this summer including Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.

However, the latest updates on his future indicate that Arsenal is leading the race for his signature after the Gunners impressed him when they had a conversation over his transfer.

It remains unclear if Arsenal has made a bid for him or if they have reached some kind of agreement with the defender, however, Star Sports reports that he has been left out of Lille’s squad that took on AZ Alkmaar in a friendly game today.

Being just 22, he will be the perfect long-term partner to William Saliba whom the Gunners have signed from the French top-flight too.

Mikel Arteta signed Pablo Mari in the last transfer window, but he knows that he needs to make more changes to his current centre back options to achieve success.

Gabriel made 24 league appearances for Lille last season and six more in the Champions League.

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  1. Arsenal bound 😉👍

    Saw this –
    Dani Ceballos is looking likely to return on loan for another season. Clubs currently in discussion over the structure of the deal.
    It’s currently unclear whether there will be an option to buy or an obligation to buy after 12 months, but it will be one or the other. 80% done

    I bloody well hope so 🙏

    1. Willian

      Might be the best transfer window
      in recent memory.

      Heres to hoping Sue!! 😁

        1. ACE and Sue, swap DM Marc Roca for Coutinho – more affordable, younger and more what Arsenal needs.

  2. Transfer window looking good…

    Hopefully the right deals get sealed and we kick off the season on the right path..

  3. Also hope the board, Raul, and Edu trust Arteta more and back him to get the players he wants. Arteta could face an uphill battle against board and Kia getting players he wants.
    Despite delivering the Cup and how most players have progressed under him.
    I was skeptical of Arteta when we brought him in, but I’m happy to apologize and have every confidence he is the man for the job.

    1. My concern, Durand, is that it is less costly to replace head coaches, than to buy the players that head coach wants.
      We all hope the Board and senior executive support Mikel Arteta more than they did Unai Emery. Emery claims that Aaron Ramsey was let go without consultation with him, Arteta claims that he was not consulted about the potential sale of AMN, Emery wanted Thomas Partey, he got Lucas Torreira, he wanted Zaha, he got Pepe.

      1. Even if we have “Head coaches” they should be the first ones to consult who they want. Emery was unlucky to be treated in this way by the board because almost two-thirds of his first season was good considering it was his first season in England and the language barrier. Regarding the style of play, even RM doesn’t have a fixed style of play, they just take each match differently and do whatever it takes to win or not lose. I still think if Emery was allowed to do what he wanted we would have done well. But on second thoughts we wouldn’t have got Arteta! I wish Unai all the best in his Villareal job and hope he takes Guendouzi with him lol!

  4. Aubameyang,

    Willian, Countinho, Pepe,

    Xhaka, Partey,

    Tierney, Gabriel, Saliba, Bellerin,


    Subs – Martinez, Saka, Martinelli, Ceballos, Luiz, Lacazette, Cedric.

    Wow!! What an interesting team that will be with a super bench!!

  5. Willan Aubameyang Pepe
    Partey Ceballos
    Tierney Gabriel Saliba Maitland Niles
    Subs: Leno, Martinelli, Lacazette, Saka, Luis, Mari, Cedric Soares, Emile Smith Rowe

  6. Pepe Auba Willian
    Teirney Cabellos Partey Bellerin
    Gabriel Mari Saliba


    Leaves to be sold;
    Miki (gone)

    It looks like Athletico Madrid want Torreira or Lacazette, swap deal with Partey and some cash. Keep Laca give them Lucas and sell one of the above (Chambers) to fund the extra money needed.

    Gabriel is near done apparently and that will set us back £27m so getting Sokratis & Mustafi have to be sold to fund that deal. Willian is free and Miki wages gone now so will fund his 100k a week and the extra 80k for Aubas deal.

    That’s really no money spent if we move on these players some how as I know we arnt going to spend big or dont have the resources to do that unless we sell.

    Lastly the Coutinho deal would be brilliant in my opinion by using Guendouzi as bait to exchange plus the £9m quoted. Again using what we have to male smart deals. Or the kid goes for a large sum of money and we use that to buy another creator.

    Cabellos would also be a loan to hopefully a permanent deal with a small loan fee.

    It’s nice to read what we are doing is so positive and are looking in the right places though a few shockers will maybe come in the likes of AMN & Laca maybe going sold.

  7. These are all good players Arsenal have being link with. But the resources to acquire them is the big problem

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