Arsenal defender Gabriel signs new long-term deal

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has signed a new contract with the club.

The 24-year-old has agreed a long-term deal at Emirates Stadium after holding talks with his agent and Arsenal senior staff at their training base on Friday.

Gabriel joined Arsenal from Lille for a reported £27million in 2020 and has made 83 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, scoring nine goals.

He has been omnipresent in the Premier League this season, with Arsenal top of the table with nine wins from 10 games.

Only Newcastle have conceded fewer than Mikel Arteta’s side’s 10 goals this season, while Gabriel continues to build an impressive agreement with William Saliba at the heart of defence.

“I think when we look at a centre-back we look at partnerships,” Arteta said when asked about Gabriel’s performances.

“I think Gabby made William a better player and I think Willy helps Gabby be the same – there’s a strong chemistry, you can feel it, and the way they communicate and play for each other, is really positive and what you want.

“A successful team has to have a team backbone that’s tremendously consistent and plays at a really high level, keeping clean sheets, and we do that a lot.”

The deal is the first in a long line of players Arsenal hope will dedicate their futures to the club.

Bukayo Saka said last month he shared Arteta’s hopes that he would agree a new deal soon, with Gabriel Martinelli and Saliba also linked to new deals. Arsenal defender Gabriel signs new long-term deal

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