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Valencia seal Gabriel signing from Arsenal

18 Août 2017

The 26-year-old Brazilian moves to the Mestalla for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £10million, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trims his squad. Failure to move on the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson may have contributed to the Gunners' decision to let Gabriel move back to Spain.

But he made just 15 Premier League appearances last season and struggled for game time. His significantly high salary is another sticking point where negotiations with Premier League sides including Watford and West Brom interested.

It's a World Cup year, he has a dream.

Valencia seal Gabriel signing from Arsenal
Valencia seal Gabriel signing from Arsenal

Gabriel never established himself as a regular after moving to Emirates Stadium from Villarreal, initially being the backup to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker before Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding joined in 2016 to add further competition at center back.

Valencia's sudden rush forward to get Gabriel Paulista over the line is likely to see results quickly, if the Spanish media are to be believed.

Gabriel is now suffering a slight knee injury, but he also claimed that his knee is in better condition, although he is "still lacking something". meaning he is unlikely to be able to feature in Valencia's opening game of the season.

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Valencia seal Gabriel signing from Arsenal