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Paul Merson sends message to Arsenal over Gabriel Magalhaes transfer

Paul Merson wants Arsenal to sign Gabriel Magalhaes this summer (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports)

Paul Merson says it will be a ‘big statement’ from Arsenal if they complete a deal for Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Gunners look set to sign the Brazilian defender after he reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the club.

A number of teams from across Europe have expressed interest in signing Gabriel and Arsenal hero Merson says it will be ‘huge’ if his former club win the race to secure his signature.

The Gunners finished only eighth in the Premier League last season but at least finished the campaign with some silverware after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

‘If Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes I think it’s a big statement because of all the other clubs that were after him,’ Merson told Starsport.

‘If Arsenal have managed to get him in without having Champions League football to offer, I think that’s huge.

‘I like what Mikel Arteta is doing. But there are plenty of teams around them getting better as well.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea have bought amazingly well. They are going to close the gap on Liverpool next…