Brazil’s Gabriel completes ‘dream’ move to Arsenal from Villarreal

Defender Gabriel Paulista has completed his switch from Villarreal to Arsenal.

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Arsenal’s protracted move for Gabriel Paulista has been completed, with the Brazilian defender arriving in a deal which will see Joel Campbell complete the season on loan at Villarreal.

The 24-year-old’s arrival has been far from straightforward due to work permit complications, although the Gunners successfully argued the centre-back was an exceptional talent who will benefit the Premier League.

That development paved the way for Gabriel to complete formalities on Wednesday, joining from Villarreal in a deal reportedly worth £15million.

The move has seen Campbell move to Spain on loan for the rest of the season, although the Costa Rica winger penned a new long-term deal at Arsenal before departing.

Gabriel is confident he can develop his game with the Gunners.

The Brazilian said in an interview with Arsenal Media: "It’s another dream in my career that has come true.

"I have only just arrived, but I am already feeling really good here in London. I am at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career.

"I am coming to a very big club and I know that I will play with great players. While respecting everyone, I want to play for my place in the team. I know that is not going to be easy, I must show my potential, I have to show that I can be in the group, that the manager can count on me.

"The same goes to all my team-mates. I will carry on the same way I have been since the beginning of my career. I have always respected everyone to get to where I am in my career, and I want even more."