Gabriel adorns himself to Arsenal fans with Spurs dig after completing transfer

Gabriel Magalhaes has made himself an Arsenal hero already after delivering a sly dig at Tottenham's expense.

It comes after the Brazilian was confirmed as the first signing of the summer at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta had made strengthening his backline a priority after a leaky year at the back.

William Saliba is already set to make a difference this campaign after arriving from his loan at Saint-Etienne.

But the Arsenal coach wants to partner him up with a left-footed centre-back and has got his wish in the form of Gabriel.

A bid of around £27m was accepted from Lille and the Brazilian rejected moves from Napoli and Everton.

And he has already adorned himself to the Arsenal faithful with a sly dig at Tottenham.

Upon completion of his move, he proudly tweeted: "LONDON IS RED."

The common expression is often used by Arsenal fans as a dig at Tottenham, who are only across the road in north London.

Gabriel admitted messages on social media swayed his decision, telling the club's official website : "So many fans were sending me messages asking me to join Arsenal, and that played a big part in me signing for this club.

"I know the history and traditions of this club and it is a pleasure being here.

"I am very happy and hope I can contribute to many titles with the Arsenal shirt.

"It was a very surreal experience, there were offers coming from a few different clubs.

"I spoke a lot with my family and my agents, I also spoke with some of Lille’s directors.

"But as I said, this club’s history and traditions and the team project for the next few years were very motivational for my decision to come here.

"So here I am, wearing the Arsenal shirt, I will give my best for it and come on you Gunners!"

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Technical director Edu said: "We are delighted to have signed Gabriel.

"He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.

"Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club."

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