ARSENAL have confirmed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes in a £27million deal from Lille.
The 22-year-old has penned a long-term contract at The Emirates after passing a medical earlier this week.
He will wear the No6 shirt.
The transfer was confirmed when Gabriel appeared as the surprise guest on Arsenal's YouTube channel alongside David Luiz and Willian.
Mikel Arteta has beaten off competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United to secure the centre-half.
After the deal was confirmed, the boss 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 a player."
Gabriel revealed the role Arteta played in his decision: "As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.
“Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today.
“We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.
"I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.”
Gabriel also rejected advances from both Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain to join the FA Cup winners.
The player’s agent Guilherme Miranda revealed last week how he snubbed bigger wages elsewhere to join Arsenal.
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He explained: “Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money-wise].
“Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project.
“It’s 100 per cent because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.”
His arrival helps solve one of Arteta’s problem positions after making strengthening his backline the No1 priority this summer.
William Saliba is part of his squad following a season on-loan at St Etienne.
Now he will be vying with Gabriel, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sokratis and Rob Holding, who is wanted by Newcastle, for a start.
Due to being in France previously, Gabriel has been forced to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
He is believed to have been given special dispensation to travel to London Colney to complete his medical.
But it remains to be seen when he will be available to begin training with his new teammates.
He follows Willian in joining the Gunners this summer.
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