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[Photos] Gabriel Bids Farewell To Villarreal Fans After Arsenal Deal Is Confirmed

Gabriel Paulista said his goodbyes to the Villarreal fans after the club confirmed they’ve reached an agreement with Arsenal over his move to north London.

With the January transfer in full swing, managers are strengthening their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal have agreed a deal for Gabriel Paulista….

Villarreal have confirmed they’ve agreed a deal ‘in principle’ with Arsenal over the signing of defender Gabriel Paulista with Joel Campbell heading to Spain on loan.

After a week filled with speculation in the newspapers, Arsene Wenger confirmed at his press conference on Thursday that we were in negotiations with Villarreal over a potential deal for the 24-year-old.

Those talks have now been successful as the La Liga club took to Twitter on Saturday evening to announce that they’d agreed terms ‘in principal’ for the sale of Gabriel to Arsenal.

The Yellow Submarine also confirmed that as part of the deal, Joel Campbell will join them on loan until the end of the season. They said on Twitter:

“Transfer agreed in principle with Arsenal for Gabriel, who will bid farewell before the game. Much luck!”

“Welcome joel-campbell12! Agreement reached with Arsenal until the end of the season.”

There are conflicting reports over the precise fee we’ll pay, but it’s believed to be somewhere between £10m and £14m, and Gabriel is now due to fly over to London to undergo his medical on Monday.

We’ll then need to see whether we can secure a work permit, but it’s likely we’ll have to go through the appeal process as he’s yet to earn a cap for the Brazilian national team.

The Brazilian was left out of the squad for Villarreal’s clash with Levante on Saturday night and the centre-back said his goodbyes to the fans before the game.

Here are a couple of photos of the defender bidding farewell ahead of his move to North London:



  1. waiyuen leong

    January 25, 2015 at 12:30 am

    With the signing of Bielik and Paulista in January, I am confident that the Arsenal will further improve on their backline. The problem facing the attacking situation is on the clinical finish. The tricky part to learn from Barcelona’s Messi striking position is to look at the goalkeeper’s guarding position before he puts his left or right leg at a unique angle to shoot.

  2. Baz

    January 25, 2015 at 1:26 am

    TOP signing!

  3. peter_patel

    January 25, 2015 at 3:48 am

    paulista is a top class centre half. would like to see him partener koscielny.

  4. titus

    January 25, 2015 at 5:45 am

    thanks so much most about joel for give him a chance to go out again. plz give cocelin a chance is doing the best in that MD

  5. belton

    January 25, 2015 at 5:49 am

    in wenger i trust! Welcom

  6. Agboola oluwashola

    January 25, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Good signing for us and with a good combinations with koselny. wenger pls remain one defencive midfielder .UP GUNNERS

  7. Tubuah

    January 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Welcome paulista


    January 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

    WOT a gud move made by wenger. but we stil an established DM to Anchor our midfield bcos COQUELIN stil alot to learn.

  9. Katongole Charles

    January 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good signing for us but we need still two more signings, adefensive midifielder and agood striker which is better than Groud.

  10. shitu sys

    January 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Good poulista is a good signing for us because I want see him with kosc. at centre back and bench matesacker now we need DM and new top striker because of UCL

  11. Sonnymac

    January 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Good signing, i’ll like to see a backline of debuchy, paulista, kocielny, gibbs, but we still need a good defensive mifielder, belik is too young for that possition and coquelin have much to learn, i think wenger should bring back alex song, Goyg

  12. Akili Nyenza

    January 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Best CB to us

  13. heavmore

    January 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

    gret move wenger in you we trust gunners 4 fever now we nid a sharp striker and experienced dmwelcome gabriel


    January 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    wow welcome Gabriel Paulista… Me and my Gunners 🔫 mate gonna be very happy to see u playing. Thanks Wenger

  15. joesymo

    January 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    gud work i think we r okey now welcom gabriel

  16. babangida

    January 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    i dared to appreciate this great signing it is quite significant and commendable considering the lapses imanated here and there in our defensive work force. he need to be faired with koscely and give our defence commander mertersaker a potential signal to be at ease technically to study were possible to dig a ditch of protection over the opponents.

  17. Shazali s. Abdullahi

    January 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Am so glad @gabriel

  18. nasir alayo

    January 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    well done wenger, an experienced & classy dm to follow this window

  19. JossyJossy

    January 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    He is a great signing for us, he will play in champions league which we really need. Welcome to the great Family Gabriel Paulista

  20. akinbami bolaji

    January 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Commendable signing but dm is so important now than before.a striker will be icing on the cake,am i an oliver twist?

  21. Prince

    January 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    welcome paulista wot a fantastic signing by the best talent hunter in the world…wenger

  22. benytad

    January 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    dats gud

  23. Abraham

    January 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    its true that wenger these days thinks twice in any step he takes. the team is now on a natural stand and can’t fall easily. we the fans should watch and see wengers’ wit in action please. thanks

  24. Abraham

    January 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    its true that wenger these days thinks twice in any step he takes. the team is now on a natural stand and can’t fall easily. we the fans should watch and see wengers’ wit in action please. More Players Are Coming In. Thanks

  25. Henry Bessman

    January 25, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    rite now am so HAPPY u no b coz of d fantastic signing tnx very much General Wenger I salute u sir n welcome GABRIEL n plzzz General Wenger plzzz i think u should get another DM coz COQUELIN needs to learn more his a good player yes he is coming up strong but he need to learn more
    Jump & Dance if u feel what Wenger has done 4 us B coz am so HAPPY r u Happy

  26. daniel njoroge

    January 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    i think according to those two signing of january; wenger has entered to da world of top european football ad ready to restore arsenals u dominance iz wenger we trust

  27. zawadigift hango

    January 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Well done wenger!!!

  28. wilfred fater

    January 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Our team is now complete. Olivier Giroud is a good striker and Francis Coquelin will have to be given chance to play regularly. In that case, he will redress his lapses and become a top MD. Wenger in you I trust. Welcome Gabby Paulista. COYG

  29. peterkin

    January 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulation arsenal team and Asene Wenger for all your good work pls

  30. jose

    January 27, 2015 at 5:57 am

    signing paulista does not mean we shed start ignoring mertersacker.remember the decisive goal in fa Wembley.

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