Valencia complete signing of Gabriel from Arsenal

Valencia confirmed the signing of Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista for 10 million on Friday afternoon.

The defender returns to La Liga after an unsettling time in North London where he will be remembered for his ill discipline.

La Liga suits the defender much better as it is played at a slower tempo with Gabriel known for his rash tackling the Premier League didn’t suit his style of play .

Valencia take on Las Palmas on Friday night so he will not feature in this fixture as he was not registered in time, in the modern day transfer market 10 million is a steal a real bargain for a player of his calibre.

This is the defenders second spell in Spain having previously played for Villarreal so he knows the league and what is expected of him like the back of his hand.  He was also part of one of the Yellow submarines best back four as they conceded 17 goals in 19 matches a rare feat for a side who throw caution to the wind and love to attack their opposition.

This signing all most ends Valencia’s pursuit of Eliaquim Mangala who was on loan at the Mestella last year , Gabriel has said that former Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi played a helping hand in the deal as the German played his football there before joining the Gunners a year ago.

Gabriel will also now be looking for much more first team football and he will be assured this at Valencia with the Spanish side lacking fit defenders ahead of the season.

The emergence of Rob Holding has also played a huge part in this transfer as manager Arsene Wenger is convinced that the young English defender will be a first team star for years to come.

Paulista is currently out with a knee injury so the medical was no doubt a concern however with the deal now going through he must wait for his debut.

Source: La Liga News