What Arsenal did as they get set to win the race for Gabriel

Arsenal is set to win the race for young Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille despite facing competition from Manchester United and Napoli.

The Gunners have become a better team under Mikel Arteta who hasn’t even spent a year on the job yet.

The Spaniard has shown good early promise on the job and the club wants to back him to bring back success.

One of his summer targets is Gabriel. The defender has been in fine form for Lille over the past two seasons and he looks set to be sold in this transfer window.

He has been free to hold talks with Arsenal and his other suitors so that he can decide where wants to play next season.

Corriere dello Sport as cited by The Mirror claims that while several teams have been targeting him, Arsenal has shown the strongest desire to land him.

It claims that Arsenal’s drive to complete his signing stunned the Brazilian and that is the reason why he has chosen to join Mikel Arteta’s side.

Gabriel is expected to help Arsenal cover holes in their leaky defence. He will join William Saliba as new defenders, the former also played in the French Ligue 1 last season and Arsenal fans will be hopeful that they will be one of the best defence partnerships in the Premier League.

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23 Comments

  1. ken1945 says:

    This says absolutely nothing new about the situation that we didn’t already know.

    We seem to be clutching at straws in order to keep fans interested – I have just seen our ladies knocked out by PSG, so sad, as it looked as if they were going to progress.

    They deserve an article JA, so near yet so far.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Bye and good riddance

    2. ClassyGunner says:

      I agree Ken. Feel so sad for the ladies. Watching Vivianne Miedema is such a pleasure. As composed as Auba in the box.

  2. Howard says:

    Too much anxiety on Gabriel. Don’t know why the deal is taking too long

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    Its taking so long but I believe he is a gooner. Announcement will be done later. My prediction is next week. Fingers crossed.

  4. S.J says:

    I want to believe that he will be our player by next week.
    What a great signing it will be. Partnership with Saliba, Mari and Luiz will be efficient.

    Now after Gabriel, if we get Partey and Aouar it will be the best transfer season for over 2 decades

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Agree S. J, if not Aouar, then Ceballos, Szoboszlai or any of the other good value CAM’s out there. Retaining AMN would be an added advantage.

  5. Eddie says:

    Relax, he got to London yesterday.
    So the deal would’ve been completed.
    As of right now, he’s in London.
    Lille only delayed everything to get extra fee.
    The deal was initially meant for 27 million, but all the dithering made Arsenal improved it to 30

    1. Sue says:

      Ah ha nice one, Eddie 😜

  6. Val says:

    Guys, just chill, it is literally impossible to get him to the training ground right now from France due to 7-14 day isolation anyone traveling to the UK from France.
    Don’t expect any news on any transfers from France in the next 5 or so days.

  7. Sue says:

    An ITK said he’s been in London since yesterday! And the hold up was down to Lille wanting Gabriel’s sell-on clause met – to Avai – so we increased the deal to 30m…
    Bloody hell our window is as up and down just like 90 minutes from behind my sofa!! So much for putting the meds away when the season had finished 😂😂😂

    Gutted for the women… thought they were going to do it after they’d equalised.. wasn’t meant to be…
    Seeing that kit… love the colour of the shorts, still not sold on the shirt… just deciding what name I’d put on the back, if I do decide to purchase one – Negan, Lucille, The Governor, Alpha, Beta 😂😂😂😂

    1. RSH says:

      Sue, it seems it is finally over. A credible journalist has finally said he’s coming on Monday. Get ready to crack open that bottle!

      1. Sue says:

        Thanks RSH… been a long slog 😂 This is Arsenal though, so we should be used to it by now!!

    2. RSH says:

      And yeah, watched some of the ladies game and it was always sort of backs against the wall, wasn’t meant to be i guess 🙁

    3. ozziegunner says:

      Sue, it has to be Steph Catley, just for me! 🇦🇺😁

  8. AFCam says:

    if he is here , big IF, he cant play next week due to dithering. how many next 48 hours can be fitted into a fortnight , must be different in football.
    does he fit Artetas gooner profile? has he been chomping at the bit to join us?we only wanted players who felt it was an honour and a privelege to play for Arsenal, not sure he fits that brief.Maybe Rotherham will show some interest and give him another 48 hours to think about it

  9. Abdulhamid Idrees says:

    I can’t wait to see ‘aouar’ in an arsenal shirt

  10. RSH says:

    Fabrizio saying this is done and he’s flying in Monday to sign. He’s very reliable, so looks like this is done and just need it to be announced. Welcome to Arsenal Gabriel!!

    1. Dennis Okoth says:

      It is done

  11. Advokez says:

    Am very much confident that we have snapped up the guy. we only waiting for the official announcement
    Gabriel is a gooner

  12. 24 pistah says:

    can’t wait for this
    gabriel-saliba

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