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Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang close to Arsenal deals, says Mikel Arteta | Football News

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Last Updated: 27/08/20 3:41pm

Mikel Arteta is hopeful a deal for Gabriel Magalhaes can be completed soon

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is positive the club will soon agree a new contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and complete the signing of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

Gabriel is set to join Arsenal after they agreed a £27m fee with Lille for the defender, beating off competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United, who held late discussions with the player’s representatives, Everton and Italian club Napoli to sign the 22-year-old.

“We cannot announce anything yet [with regards to Gabriel]. The deal is not finalised, he is a player we have followed for a long time. Hopefully we can get it done,” Arteta said ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield match against Liverpool.