Villarreal confirm agreement for centre back Gabriel Paulista to join Arsenal

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Villarreal have confirmed that centre back Gabriel Paulista will join Arsenal.

After days of intense transfer speculation, Villarreal have finally announced that centre back Gabriel Paulista is set to join Arsenal.

The La Liga side took to Twitter to post the agreement, saying: "Principle transfer agreement with @Arsenal for Gabriel, who now depart before the game. Good luck!"

Gabriel has now pulled out of Villarreal's game against Levante tonight in order to complete his move to the Emirates Stadium, whilst Villarreal also confirmed the arrival of Gunners striker Joel Campbell.

The Costa Rican international has moved on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal, having seen limited first team opportunities this season.

The tweet read: "Welcome Joel Campbell! Agreement reached with Arsenal for loan until end of the season."

It remains to be seen how much Arsenal are paying to sign Gabriel, but the Brazilian adds crucial depth in defence for Arsene Wenger, who has often been forced to use full backs in the heart of his defence after injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

On Thursday, Wenger confirmed his interest in signing Gabriel, and now he appears to have got his man after Villarreal announced the deal this evening.

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