Gabriel Paulista has NOW been officially announced as a player of Arsenal Football Club in a deal that saw Joel Campbell move to Villareal on loan till the end of the season after signing a new long-term contract which has now been confirmed on Arsenal’s official website.
The much awaited proclamation of Gabriel’s arrival has taken long to come forth but there was never really any danger of a fall-through as Villareal had already said Adios to him four days ago. Joel Campbell has been pictured training with the Submarines already, with documentation for Gabriel’s work papers the only probably reason responsible for the delay in announcing the signing of his long term deal.
The Costa Rican has made just 3 starts since returning to Arsenal from an amazing World Cup campaign in Brazil where he was instrumental in taking them to the quarter-finals. The opportunities have not come so abundantly for him so far in England and while ensuring he remains an Arsenal player for the future, the club has decided to give the 22-year old the opportunity to get vital regular vital competition with high flying Villareal.
He is sure to benefit from the level of competition at which the Submarines are in the La Liga as they push for a Champions League place, and the manager there already sees him as one to bring something different to his team.
Campbell’s new deal means there is every chance he could still forge an Arsenal career when he returns by July, and that will require him to make use of this latest loan spell to force himself more into the consciousness of Wenger and the Arsenal staff.
On the other hand, the man who has come in for Campbell to go has expressed his pleasure at finally making the move he has always worked hard to achieve.
Speaking after being unveiled on Arsenal.com, the 24-year old said:
“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. 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.”
A tall, pacy center-half, the former Vitoria star is expected to be handed the Number 5 jersey and could be available for the weekend’s League clash against Aston Villa and, already, he is putting himself on the line to justify all the good reviews that have accompanied his arrival to England.
It is hoped that Gabriel will make Arsenal’s defence a better one, maybe one to give young Campbell more confidence to be more fired up when he returns from Villareal to fulfill his own Arsenal dream on the long-term.
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