We have secured our second signing of the January transfer window in the shape of Gabriel Paulista, who joins from Villarreal.
It has been known that Arsene Wenger has been trying to confirm the move for some time, admitting on Sunday that the switch was close, and it has now finally gone through.
Paulista passed a medical with the club and has been granted a work permit despite the fact he has not played 75% of his country’s international matches over the past two years and therefore does not technically meet the criteria.
However, Arsenal have successfully argued that the 24-year-old will improve the Premier League even though he is yet to earn his first cap for Brazil.
That is now two new additions for Wenger this month with 17-year-old defensive midfielder Kystian Bielik having also joined from Legia Warsaw – although Paulista is likely to make more of an initial impact on the first team.
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The Brazilian will be competing with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and, to a lesser extent, Calum Chambers for a place in central defence in the starting XI.
Paulista has been in fine form for the Yellow Submarines this season and is a key part of the reason they have been doing so well in La Liga and have only conceded 17 goals in the Spanish top tier.