Arsenal have announced the signings of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid as the Gunners continue to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes on October 5.
Gabriel has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract, believed to be 5 years in length, while Ceballos is on a year-long loan at the Gunners for the second time in his career from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The duo add to the signing of Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, and manager Mikel Arteta is very happy with the business the club have completed so far in the transfer window.
Speaking about Gabriel’s signing to Arsenal Digital, Arteta said: “He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team. He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”
Unlike Gabriel, Ceballos has played in an Arsenal shirt before and Mikel Arteta says he hopes the Spaniard will be able to continue from where he left off last season. Arteta said to Arsenal Digital: “Dani was an integral part of our team last season and finished the season in excellent form.
“I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. We’re all delighted to welcome him back and we look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.”
It can be strongly argued that the defence and midfield are the two areas Arsenal need the most reinforcement in, and it will encourage fans that technical director, Edu Gaspar, has said upon the announcement of Ceballos that the club are still working to bring in more signings.
Edu was expectedly full of praise for Ceballos when interviewed for Arsenal Digital, however he finished by saying: “We’re excited to add Dani to the list of quality players we are bringing in.”
Arsenal have been linked with many names during the transfer window, however the two names in particular that have been strongly, and reliably, mentioned are Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
In my opinion, these are the two names we will look to bring in before the end of the transfer window, however it will largely depend on Arsenal’s ability to sell players and raise enough money to do so.
If Arsenal are to buy Thomas Partey, the Ghanaian’s £45m release clause would need to be activated in full, however a deal for Aouar could be slightly easier due to the fact that the Gunners could pay for the transfer in instalments.
Completing these two deals would most likely end what could be considered one of the club’s best ever transfer windows, especially given the financial crisis many teams find themselves in. If the transfer window goes as planned for Arsenal, then a top four challenge might suddenly be on the cards again for the Gunners.