'The fans played a big part in me signing here'

Gabriel is finally an Arsenal player - and much of that is down to you, the fans!

The Brazilian centre back said the sheer number of messages he received over social media telling him to move to north London.

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"So many fans were sending me messages asking me to join Arsenal, and that played a big part in me signing for this club," Gabriel told Arsenal Digital. 

"I know the history and traditions of this club and it is a pleasure being here. I am very happy and hope I can contribute to many titles with the Arsenal shirt.

"It was a very surreal experience, there were offers coming from a few different clubs. 

"I spoke a lot with my family and my agents, I also spoke with some of Lille’s directors, but as I said, this club’s history and traditions and the team project for the next few years were very motivational for my decision to come here. 

"So here I am, wearing the Arsenal shirt, I will give my best for it and come on you Gunners!"

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