Official – Gabriel Magalhaes confirmed as latest star to join Arteta revolution

Gabriel Magalhaes has been confirmed as joining Arsenal, following a long-drawn out saga which had raised doubts over our capture.

The Brazilian was firmly expected to move to the Emirates three weeks ago, with reports claiming that Arsenal were ahead of Napoli of the two clubs who had agreed a deal with Lille.

It later emerged that Manchester United had come in to try and beat us to his signature, but their attempt to gazump our wage offer was baulked by Gabriel who had his heart set on joining Mikel Arteta in North London following talks with him and Director of Football Edu.

Those two key men have told Arsenal FC their reasoning for signing the 22 year-old.

Technical director Edu said: “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.”

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.”

Gabriel will now take on the number six shirt going into the new season, with his shirt now found in the official Arsenal shop.

Will our new signing prove to be our shrewdest buy of the summer?


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  1. Kklin says:


  2. Blago says:

    Never watched the player hopefully will turn out to be the type of player we need in defense. Welcome Gabriel to the most classy club in the world!

  3. Phenom says:

    Welcome to Arsenal Gabriel.

    The euphoria is long gone.

  4. Eddie says:

    I watched the full 8 minutes video, it’s so clear why Arteta and the players respect Luiz and all say he’s a leader in the dressing room.
    The way he spoke, the way he assured Gabriel, it all came naturally.
    I’ll give him that, he should keep the high spirit up.

    Next we should be selling our midfielders so we can raise the money for Partey.
    The next couple of weeks will definitely see some of our players going.
    Charles Watts has also confirmed Arsenal are strongly interested in Aouar.
    Who knows what time the friendly game is today?

    1. Fuzzy Gunner says:

      We beat QPR 4-3

      That’s all I’ve seen so far!

  5. Sean Williams says:

    That makes me happiieeee. Next………..two top players before the season starts or we CAN finish 8th again.

  6. Goonster says:

    Was such a drawn out transfer. It’s like we were signing a £50 million plus player.

  7. Grandad says:

    Saliba, Gabriel axis could be the basis of better things to come.Let’s hope so.

  8. Sue says:

    Gabriel Magalhaes’ stats compared to Arsenal defenders last season makes for incredible reading 🤯 (squawka)
    ❍ 1st – interceptions (136)
    ❍ 1st – tackles (41)
    ❍ 1st – duels (224)
    ❍ 1st – duels won (150)
    ❍ 1st – aerials (128)
    ❍ 1st – aerial won (83)
    ❍ 3rd – recoveries (22)

    1. GunneRay says:


      Those stats are pleasing to the eye, Sue. Just what we need!!!! 🙂

    2. Rory johnson says:

      Yet people are saying were buying sub par players while chelsea and co. Are buying quality 🤦‍♂️

      Those stats make for some nice reading!! He looks a unit 💪💪

      1. Sue says:

        He does indeed, Rory! 👊

    3. ken1945 says:

      Sue, brilliant stats to produce – how about seeing how Saliba stacks up?

      Yeah I know, but it’s my turn to make dinner!!!!!

      1. Sue says:

        William Saliba is the only outfield player in Europe to have played more than 900 minutes and not committed a single foul from his attempted challenges.
        Saliba averaged 2.36 tackles per 90 minutes [Opta]

        Sorry, Ken.. couldn’t find the comparison…

        1. ken1945 says:

          Sue, even the fact that he hasn’t committed one foul, bodes well…especially when one thinks about Soks and Luiz and the penalties, yellow and red cards stats that follows them around.

          Thanks Sue, the beans on toast with cheese on top went down a treat!!!!! My speciality:

          1. Sue says:

            Absolutely, Ken and I read somewhere Gabriel hadn’t conceded a penalty… wow!! 😄

            Ooh that sounds lush, Ken and not a piece of meat in sight 😉 sorted!! 👍

        2. Kenya 001 says:

          That’s impressive 👌 and he’s just getting started

    4. Kstix says:

      Sue, one of your tomorrows happened to be today. How about that? 😂😂. I’ve never seen Gabriel play but those stats are amazing. I wish him well at Arsenal and hope he and Saliba can truly form a truly solid partnership for years to come. Partey, according to Chris Watts of goal really wants to be an Arsenal player, only problem is Arsenal can’t afford the release clause till players leave. I’m optimistic but not holding my breath. I look forward to a great season. I think we’re going to beat man utd to the top 4 spot.

      1. Sue says:

        Woohoo 🥳 did you hear my cheers?! More to come tomorrow 😉 haha, I know, I know!!
        Yes our defence is looking the best it’s been in such a long time! So much to be excited about, Kstix!
        Hopefully we’ll move a couple on to pay for Partey. Arteta wants him just as much as we do!!
        How sweet would that be to beat them to it?! 🙂

        1. Kstix says:

          Love it Sue. Can’t wait for the season to begin. I saw a couple of YouTube videos of Gabriel (I’m not one who forms an opinion based on that usually) but I saw somethings he did you’d hardly find our defenders do. He never loses concentration, reads the game very well and he’s not afraid to put his body on the line to block a shot. If what Eddie says is to be believed, then we’ll get Aouar, Thomas Partey and ceballos. Remains to be seen where AMN will fit in this. Xhaka too, as coaches seem to like him. Elneny might be sold despite he starting our last 2 games. Fingers crossed. If we win the Europa this season and finish 4th, that’s a very successful season as far as I’m concerned. But if we do the impossible and win the league… Minds would be blown.

          1. Sue says:

            Imagine the euphoria if our targets do sign… we’ll be good to go and the sky’s the limit…. we’ll even improve our away form 😄 Can’t wait…..👍

    5. Gily says:

      Happy happy is done. He’s a little bit raw imo. No problem though – he’s still young, and everybody improves under Arteta.

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly, Gily… Arteta has the midas touch, everything he touches turns to gold 🙂

    6. Kenya 001 says:

      At last here comes that tomorrow sue. Just saw the news welcome Gabriel to the Arsenal 👌

    7. Siamois says:

      Great stats no doubts! everybody is excited by the signing of Gabriel rightly so but many will be pleasantly surprised by Saliba and I believe nor I’m pretty sure that he will be integrated in the team before Gabriel,watch this space!

      1. Sue says:

        Saliba is just as good, Siamois. What a CB pairing we have on our hands… and long term, not just a quick fix!! 👍

  9. zTOM says:

    They did take their sweet time to make the announcement!

    At least they took the piss about it in that Brazilian Chat announcement video. 😁

  10. Ubameyang says:

    Welcome Gabriel

  11. GunneRay says:

    Welcome to Arsenal, Gabriel!!

    And now lets hope we can shift out Ozil and Co. to shore up that midfield.


    1. Lenohappy says:

      Why mention ozil again.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Lenohappy, on this we agree 100 %.

  12. Rory johnson says:

    @admin please take down james post about me on the chelsea spending article saying the arsenal boards full of deluded people like me, then lying about what I said, it’s very offensive and unwarranted.

  13. Goonerbri says:

    Looks like a proper defender. Hope he can play out, as he is going to have to do it. Am sure MA knows who he is buying. Jury is still out as i dont know much about the man.

    1. Sid says:

      You can find a detailed article about his attributes on the Arsenal site.

  14. Fuzzy Gunner says:

    See Spurs have drawn Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the europa league. If you’ve never heard of them spurs are a small club in North London.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Brilliant post from a typical Gooner 😂👍

    2. Sue says:


    3. Sean M says:

      Haha Plovdiv is just down the road from me in Sofia (Bulgaria). May go to the game in my new arsenal away kit.

      1. Sue says:

        😂😂😂 give ’em hell!!

  15. Highbury Hero says:

    Never heard of him before Arsenal links but since he is in red and white he is already one of the top defenders in the league.

    Welcome and congratulations on advance for winning the league in your first season!

    1. SueP says:


  16. gooner4life says:

    Let’s hope turns out to be our “guardian angel”!!!

  17. Sue says:

    OT.. Apparently we beat QPR 4-3 earlier….

    1. Kstix says:

      There was a friendly we didn’t know about?

      1. Sue says:

        It was at London Colney this afternoon, Kstix. There will be 1, possibly 2 more before the start 👍

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      Who were the scorers?

      1. Sue says:

        Not 100% sure….. whispers are saying Auba, Laca, ESR, John-Jules….🤷‍♀️

  18. Kenya 001 says:

    Seems we all have been waiting for transfer update including admin! Forgot about our game today. Which other 2 frindlies and when are they being played?

    1. Sue says:

      Don’t know, have to keep an eye out…

  19. RSH says:

    Welcome Gabriel! Arsenal love to take their time announcing, but loved the video, haha! A very memorable introduction

  20. S says:

    We signed a Gabriel before, he didn’t turn out too well did he?

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