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Gabriel Magalhaes set for Arsenal medical on Thursday after agreeing 5-year deal

Arsenal are set to complete a deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes in the next 24 hours with the Brazilian player set to undergo a medical at the Emirates on Thursday.

Lille accepted offers from Arsenal and Napoli but the 22-year-old central defender has now chosen to join Mikel Arteta’s side.

Mikel Arteta identified the club’s defence as a major weakness when he arrived last December and his tactics in the second half of the season were designed to cover-up Arsenal’s deficienccies at the back.

However, the Spaniard manager wants to play a more expansive brand of football next campaign and he believes that Gabriel – along with William Saliba – will allow him to play a higher line in the Premier League.

According to reports, Gabriel will arrive in London tomorrow to undergo his medical and he will put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the club.

The Brazilian’s centre-back a major coup for Arsenal and Arteta, particularly because of the level of interest in him.

Seria A side Napoli pushed relentlessly for his signature, while Manchester United also entered the race in recent days but to no avail.

Gabriel will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Willian Borges on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Arteta wants to add Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and he’s also interested in signing a full-back.

However, it’s likely after the arrival of Gabriel that the gunners will sanction a number of departures to balance the books – Mesut Ozil, Guendouzi, Calum Chambers, Sokratis, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all available.

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