With Gabriel Magalhaes reaching a full agreement with Arsenal on August 23, as revealed by football.london , and having undergone his medical, all that is left to wait for is the official announcement that he has become a Gunner.
The fee is understood to be £25million for the centre-back, who took his take to consider whether Arsenal, Napoli or Manchester United would be the right destination for him.
He will arrive as the eighth centre-back currently in the first team picture. Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are currently out injured, Sokratis is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans, while Rob Holding, William Saliba and David Luiz make out the rest of he group.
Magalhaes’ arrival will not just effect the centre-backs at the club, however, and here, football.london assess which players will benefit most and least from the transfer.
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Kieran Tierney: With the move to a back three after the restart, Tierney moved to become Arteta’s left-sided centre-back. Although the Scot is well versed in the role, having played there for both Scotland and Celtic before moving to Arsenal last summer.
When used at centre-back, he has excelled. Both in defence and with the ball at his feet, he has maintained a level of composure unmatched by those around him.
Despite this, there is no escaping that he is most natural when used as a full/wing-back. Not only would he be able to roam freely up the wing with less concerns about what happens behind him, but against MK Dons, he also showed potential of developing even further in the role.
So far since joining the club, when played out wide, the Scot has very much taken a traditional approach. Strong in defence and attack, most of his time was spent hugging the touchline. On Tuesday [August 25], however, he was taking up much more central…