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Wenger confirms Arsenal will sign defender on Monday

Gabriel Paulista will join on Monday. Credit: Reuters

Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that hat Arsenal expect to announce the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista on Monday.

Th Spanish side announced on Saturday that they had agreed in principle to sell the Brazilian centre-back to the Gunners and Wenger admitted a deal was imminent.

"It's very, very, very close," he said. "It should be done, I think, tomorrow."

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Arsenal agree fee for Brazilian defender

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Villarreal for defender Gabriel Paulista, the Spanish club have confirmed.

As part of the deal, Gunners forward Joel Campbell has gone the opposition way on loan.

Gabriel Paulista should be heading for London. Credit: PA

The Brazilian, who can play all across the back four, will need to procure a work permit before he can join the Premier League club.

It will be a great relief to Arsene Wenger to complete the deal, as he has spent most of the season short of defensive options.

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