Arsenal are expected to officially announce the signing of former Villareal defender Gabriel Paulista today and we will finally get to see our new £15m-rated 24-year-old centre back in red and white.
It is expected he will receive the number five shirt left vacant by Thomas Vermaelen in the summer and will learn and compete with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for the remainder of the season.
Paulista has reportedly received a working visa which was a potential stumbling block and underwent a medical yesterday. It is most likely it is the contract nitty gritties that is still left to iron out and holding up an official confirmation, but (fingers crossed) we should receive the good news today.
Here is the photoshop mock-up of the Brazilian in Arsenal colours:
Seems to suit him doesn’t it? You can check out a fantastic video here of what you can expect from the new Arsenal man AND I highly recommend this piece from Ashley. A good overall introduction to Paulista as a player.