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Arsenal Sign Brazilian Defender In A Swap Deal With Striker

Premier League Giants Arsenal have inked their first signing of the winter transfer window after they agreed for a £15 million deal with Spanish side Villarreal for the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, which features striker Joel Campbell joining the Spanish out-fit on loan for the rest of the season. Now the headache for the North London based team is to get the work Permit for the defender as soon as possible. Paulista will be a good back up for defenders Per Mertasacker and Laurent Koscielny in the back line as the Premier League moves into the most important stage.

Now, with the arrival of Paulista, Wenger need not replace them with a make shift centre back if either of them gets injured or suspended. The news comes after Paulista was left out of Villarreal’s 18-man squad to face Levante last night.

The Spanish side confirmed the swap in their officially verified twitter account by saying: ‘ The principle of agreement for the transfer of Gabriel with @Arsenal has been completed. He will say his goodbyes today before the party. good luck!’ They also announced that Joel Campbell will be playing for them as they tweeted: ‘Welcome @joel_campbell12 to Villarreal as Arsenal agree to loan the player until the end of the season!’

Joel Campbell signed for Arsenal in 2011 from Costa Rican club Saprissa and was loaned out to France’s Lorient, Spain’s Real Betis and finally Greece’s Olympiackos. He was one of his country’s star players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica reached the Quarter-Finals before he was called back by Arsenal this season. He hardly started for the Gunners this season and has only 10 appearances under his belt without scoring a single goal. He was the fourth striker in Arsenal behind Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo. Sanogo was loaned out to Crystal Palace in the transfer window.

Wenger Confident Of The Deal As Arsenal Are In Talks To Sign Brazilian Defender

Arsene Wenger

According to Talksport.com, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club has started their talks with Spanish side Villareal over the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. Wenger is hoping to finalize the deal in the near future.

The Gunners, who are interested in activating the Brazilian central defender’s £15 million release clause as per his contract, could be dealt with a huge blow. The north London could have a tough time in securing a work permit for the 24-year-old.

Ever since the start of the 2014/15 season, Arsenal have been plagued by injury problems to their key defenders, which includes Frenchmen Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy and England’s Kieran Gibbs. Wenger stated that he wanted to sign another defender in the January transfer window after these injury concerns.

Paulista has been one of the bright stars for Villareal and is all set to make a big money move into the English Premier League as he is targeted by many clubs. Wenger said that the talks are going well. When asked about can the club find an agreement or not?, Wenger replied that he is not sure about it as his side is slowly progressing and there is a chance to pull it off.

Wenger also said that the club is ready to pay the price if they think that it is right for a good player, no matter what the price is. Paulista has yet to play a game for Brazil which could force him to have some difficulties in his attempts to secure a work permit.

Wenger also added that they respect the rules in England and when someone buys a player who does not fulfill the criteria and needs a work permit, they need to go to the commission and they tell them yes or no. Everyone has to accept that and the club has to respect the rules that are in England. Arsenal are currently fighting for a top 4 finish in the Premier League.

Possible Move On? Brazilian Superstar Admits Arsenal Interest

Arsenal have been chasing defenders right from the start of this season when the shocking news of a Thomas Vermaelen departure, stunned the Emirates faithfuls. Manager Arsene Wenger still has plans of signing a new world class center-back to ensure a Champions League spot for his side and successfully defend their FA Cup title. Now, in the hunt for the perfect one, The Gunners have come across a talented 24 year old Brazilian defender. The Villarreal center-back Gabriel Paulista is the man who has recently been linked with a potential move to the Emirates. The youngster who has impressed many with his performances in the La Liga with the Spanish side following his move from former club Vitoria, has hinted that he ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League soon.

The young Brazilian made a move to Villarreal in 2013 and has now been linked with a move to North London in exchange for a possible loan deal for Costa Rican World Cup sensation Joel Campbell. The Brazilian confirmed Arsenal’s interest in acquiring his services, after his side’s victory over Athletic Bilbao.

In an interview after he match, when asked about these rumours about his future, Gabriel was quoted as saying, “Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head. I’m very calm. My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.”

These comments added fuel to the transfer speculations which had previously been lit based on a previous interview by him. Gabriel had spoken previously expressing his desire to play in England and make a permanent move away from Spain. He said, “Playing in the Premier League is one of my dreams. I have spoken to my agent about this.”

Now, whether the Gunners are able to complete a deal for this superstar defender and fill the void in their defence or not, remains to be seen.