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Nicolas Pepe reveals the role he played in Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel spoke with Nicolas Pepe before his switch from Lille to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Nicolas Pepe has been impressed with the way Gabriel Magalhaes has quickly adjusted to life at Arsenal and revealed that he spoke with the defender in the summer to convince him to join the club.

Mikel Arteta prioritised a move for a quality centre-back at the start of the transfer window and identified 22-year-old Lille star Gabriel as one of his top targets.

After weeks of advanced negotiations between the two clubs, Gabriel officially became an Arsenal player on September 1 for a fee of around £25million.

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Gabriel has immediately become an integral player in Arteta’s side and was named the club’s Player of the Month for September after a series of outstanding displays at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

Arsenal forward Pepe – briefly Gabriel’s team-mate at Lille – believes the young centre-half has made an immediate impact with his recent performances – and told Sky Sports about the role his played in luring the Brazilian…