Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal: Club confirm signing of Villarreal defender for reported £13.5m

Club website officially announce signing of centre-back

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista for an undisclosed fee.

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The 24-year-old joins for a reported fee of £13.5million with Joel Campbell heading to Spain for the rest of the season on loan. Campbell signed a contract extension at the Emirates before completing the move.

"I came from a club that is not that big in Brazilian football. I went to Spanish football and that was another dream come true, to play in Europe," he said on the Arsenal website.

"A while ago I had a really huge desire to play in the Premier League, so since that point I put it in my head that I really wanted to do it. I had a talk with my family and I told them that it was my dream to play in the Premier League. Getting here to such a big club is so gratifying.

"I am arriving at a big club and the fans can expect to find a Gabriel with a great will to help everyone. Not just thinking of me as an individual, because to me that is not important. I care more about helping the team and my team-mates. I want to help everyone, so the fans can expect a Gabriel that on the field has a lot of will to be able to help the team win important things."

Gabriel plays primarily as a centre-back, though can play at either full-back position. He was the key member of a Villarreal defence that conceded just 17 goals in 19 La Liga matches so far this season.

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