Gabriel set for Arsenal medical on Thursday after Gunners agree £22.6m fee with Lille

first_imgGabriel set for Arsenal medical on Thursday after Gunners agree £22.6m fee with Lille Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link33.9kShares Comment Gabriel is set to join Arsenal (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)Arsenal hope to complete a deal for Lille defender Gabriel in the next 24 hours with the Brazilian set to undergo a medical with the club on Thursday.Lille accepted offers from Arsenal and Napoli but the 22-year-old has decided to join the Gunners.Mikel Arteta identified his side’s defence as a major weakness when he arrived last December and his tactics in the second half of the campaign where designed to cover-up the Gunners’ deficienccies at the back.However, the Spaniard wants to play a more expansive brand of football next term and he believes that Gabriel – along with William Saliba – will allow him to play a higher line. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to widespread reports, Gabriel will arrive in London tomorrow to undergo his medical and he’s set to sign a five-year deal with the club. Gabriel had a host of clubs to choose from (Photo by Aude Alcover/Icon Sport via Getty Images)The Brazilian’s arrival is a major coup for Arsenal and Arteta, particularly given the level of interest in the defender.Napoli pushed relentlessly for his signature, while Manchester United entered the race in recent days but to no avail. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel is set to become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.Arteta hopes to add Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and he’s also keen on signing a full-back.However, it’s likely after Gabriel’s arrival that the club will sanction a number of departures to balance the books.Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers, Sokratis, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all available for transfer. MORE: Arsene Wenger reveals major regret over Serge Gnabry’s Arsenal career Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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