Arsenal star now worth ‘£80m’ hailed as best Mikel Arteta signing above Odegaard

Journalist Charles Watts has now named Gabriel Magalhaes as Mikel Arteta’s best Arsenal signing. 

Arsenal paid £27 million to secure the services of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in the summer of 2020.

The centre-back has improved drastically across his time at the Emirates Stadium so far. Whilst in his first season in north London, he was prone to the occasional error, and did not always look entirely comfortable on the ball, the 26-year-old has now grown into a reliable rock at the back.

The Brazilian has forged a fantastic partnership with William Saliba in the heart of the Arsenal rearguard. Whilst the Frenchman often gets more of the spotlight, Gabriel is every bit as important to the Gunners’ defensive solidity.

Gabriel is also a weapon at the other end of the pitch. Across his 147 appearances for the club he has chipped in with 13 goals, which is an excellent return for a centre-back. He is dominant in the air and willing to fight and battle for every ball, which makes him a force to be reckoned with in both boxes.

Mikel Arteta will be delighted with the return he has received on his initial investment in the player.

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Where does Gabriel Magalhaes rank as a Mikel Arteta signing?

Charles Watts is now convinced that the defender has to be considered the Spanish coach’s most successful signing so far.

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