Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is positive regarding Gabriel Paulista

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Arsenal are on the verge of sealing a deal for Gabriel Paulista.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told BBC Sport that a deal to bring Gabriel Paulista to the Emirates Stadium could be completed on Monday.

The Brazilian centre-back is set to join Arsenal with Joel Campbell heading the other way on loan, as confirmed by Villarreal on Saturday (click here to read more).

Speaking after his side’s 3-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Wenger talked up Gabriel’s versatility and stated that a deal could be completed by tomorrow.

"He is a defender, can play on the flanks as well, tall, pacy and strong in the challenges. He has a good chance to adapt to English football,” the Frenchman told BBC Sport.

“I see in him good potential and he can be a good addition to the squad. It could be done before the draw tomorrow."

Wenger isn’t usually a fan of transfers during the January transfer window but given his side’s current situation it represents sound businesss.

The North London outfit have had to endure a number of injuries to key stars this term and players have had to switch positions to cover, with Nacho Monreal being a fine example of playing out of position.

Gabriel will not only add versatility along the back line, but his height and strength will also play a part in shoring up an inconsistent defence.

With the Gunners currently lying in fifth spot in the Premier League table, one point behind Manchester United in fourth, this signing could be the difference between qualifying for the Champions League and falling short.

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