Gabriel Paulista signing OFFICIAL


Gabriel Paulista’s move to Arsenal has now been confirmed as official, with Arsenal announcing the news this afternoon after the defenders work permit was approved by a Home Office panel. Here are some excerpts from his interview with the club after signing:

"What do you know about Arsenal?I always watched Arsenal games and I could always see that it was a really big club with great infrastructure. So I think that what I thought hasn’t surprised me a lot, because I arrived to a very big infrastructure. It’s a huge club, even more so than I expected. I am very happy with everything – with all the people I have been dealing with since I arrived.How influential was Arsène Wenger in your decision to come to club?To me it’s something big… I came on his request, on the coach’s request. He asked to sign me and to me that gives me more strength and the will to be able to work. I see that he’s a coach that has been here for many years and this is important, not only for the team but also for the club. This is very important for everyone that works here in the club, to have a coach like this.Finally, have you got a message for the Arsenal fans?I am arriving at a big club like this and the fans can expect to find a Gabriel Paulista with a great will to help everyone. Not just thinking of me as an individual, because to me that is not important. I care more about helping the team and my team-mates also think that. I want to help everyone, so the fans can expect a Gabriel that on the field has a lot of will to be able to help the team win important things."

So everyone happy with the new signing? Straight on to the bench for the weekend?

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