David Luiz and Willian send message to Arsenal new boy Gabriel Magalhaes

David Luiz and Willian have welcomed fellow Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal following his switch from Lille.

The 22-year-old defender completed his £27million transfer on Tuesday after The Gunners won a three-way battle with Napoli and Everton for his signature.

After days of waiting Arsenal finally confirmed Gabriel’s arrival, and Luiz and Willian were straight on the phone to speak to their new teammate.

The south American trio shared a video call which was published on Arsenal’s official website, where Luiz even joked Gabriel could move in with Willian.

Gabriel answered the call and said: “I used to see you on video games only but now it is real.”

David Luiz has offered his support to Gabriel following his arrival
David Luiz has offered his support to Gabriel following his arrival

Luiz quipped back: “Are you calling me old?” before offering some comforting words to the youngster.

“We’re delighted to have you, another great friend, another great player,” Luiz said. “I’m sure Arsenal made the right choice and so did you.

“I know it is not easy, especially at a young age like you, sometimes fear or anxiety of not knowing what’s coming can change things but you can be sure that everyone here at Arsenal will welcome you with open arms and help you in the best possible way.

Sign up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.

Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.

“I’m sure you will be even more successful than you were in France. Remember that we are here to help you, you will play football and enjoy it.

“Just keep that big smile on your face, that is your trademark.”

Willian added: “Welcome Gabriel. We are together in this one.”

Where do you think Gabriel will fit in Arsenal’s plans? Have your say below.

Magalhaes has signed a long-term deal at Arsenal
Magalhaes has signed a long-term deal at Arsenal


Gabriel was wearing a yellow Arsenal training top that the club had already sent to him, and replied: “I’m so happy to be here with you guys. I just want to share that with you. Let’s make it count.

“I cannot wait. Let’s win trophies. We started well!”

Luiz then joked: “If you still haven’t found a house yet you can crash at Willian’s!”

To which Gabriel responded: “If you invite me I will come!”

Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip.


LuvNaughty | We're here to get you off LiL VAPE | Home of the vapour Latest Media News | Stay updated with us The Lazy Days | Procrastinate right