Gabriel Paulista’s move to Arsenal is on the cusp of completion, and with Villarreal confirming his departure we are merely waiting on news of his work permit.
The Brazilian is a relative unknown among many Arsenal fans however, having only made the switch to La Liga in 2013. So what can we expect to see from the 24-year-old once his move to the Emirates goes through?
The young centre-back has been fantastic since joining Villarreal from Brazilian side Vitoria, and has been a large part of their defensive stability this season.
He is fast, agile, and reads the game well. One of his biggest strengths is his superb tackling ability, and not unlike our own Laurent Koscielny is known for his last ditch challenges.
Here is a small taste of the kind of player we will soon be seeing at the Emirates: