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[Photo] Arsenal Confirm Gabriel Paulista’s New Shirt Number

Arsenal have confirmed that new signing Gabriel Paulista will wear the Number 5 shirt – which was vacated by Thomas Vermaelen following his move to Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed that new signing Gabriel Paulista will wear the No.5 shirt.

After weeks of negotiations, the Brazilian defender completed his move from Villarreal on Wednesday afternoon, with Joel Campbell heading to Spain on loan as part of the deal.

The club didn’t disclose the exact fee but it’s reported to be in the region of €15m (£11.2m) with the 24-year-old signing a long-term contract after being granted a work permit.

Fans have been waiting to hear what number our new signing will wear this season and the club have just announced on their Instagram account that Gabriel has been handed the No.5 shirt.

The shirt was vacated by Thomas Vermaelen following his move to Barcelona in the summer and hopefully Gabriel can emulate the Belgian international, as he enjoyed a superb debut season in England before injuries derailed his Arsenal career.

Gabriel is in contention to face Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon but it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will throw him straight into action or give him some time to adapt to life in the Premier League.

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