Gabriel Magalhaes has completed his medicals with Arsenal after signing a five-year deal with the club that would see him through 2025.
Highly authoritative Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano disclosed this on his Twitter handle after the Brazilian underwent his medicals and Gabriel’s unveiling is set for this week.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2020
The 22-year-old would join fellow compatriot Willian as Arsenal’s new signings and the Gunners had to beat off stiff competition from several clubs across Europe for his signature, including Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, and Everton, as well as late interest from Manchester United.
Gabriel Magalhaes made headlines with his strong performance for French side Lille over the last year, making 24 appearances for Les Douges in the truncated Ligue 1 season and impressed with his ability in the air, calmness on the ball and excellent reading of the game.
He also appeared in all six of Lille’s Champions League matches that unfortunately ended in the group stage and his performance on the continent increased interest in his services.
Standing at an impressive 6 ft 3 in, Gabriel Magalhaes is a highly physical defender who represents a threat at attacking set-pieces and defending crosses, but despite his height, he is also very good with the ball at his feet.
He has been a long-term target for Arsenal and the club would hope to have him up to speed with his teammates ahead of the kickoff of their Premier League campaign on September 12.
Another positive news for Arsenal fans comes in the form of the future of their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed that progress has been made in getting him to commit his future to the North London side.
Speaking on the issue, Arteta said, “I keep being positive. We had some really good talks with him and his agents.”
”I am pretty confident we will find an agreement soon, that’s my feeling.” He added, “It will be a massive lift} for everyone and for him as well. He should be very happy if he is able to stay at the club for a long time.”
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2020
Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 after starring in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 98 goals in 144 league matches and remarkably pipped Robert Lewandowski to the Bundesliga Golden Boot in 2017.
The Gabonese international has continued from where he left off at the Emirates and jointly won the Premier League Golden Boot in his first full season in the league, while he has also finished as the club’s top scorer in each of his two full seasons with the Gunners.
In the just-concluded campaign, Auba proved his importance by scoring two goals in both the semifinal and final of the FA Cup to help Arsenal secure European football next term and he also became the fastest player in the club’s history to score 50 goals in the Premier League.
With just one year left on his current deal, fans have been sweating over their forward’s future and with Arteta’s latest feedback as well as the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes, they can now look to the start of the new season with renewed optimism.