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Merson backing Arsenal move for Lille defender Gabriel

Arsenal hero Paul Merson is backing their move for Lille defender Gabriel.

Merson reckons it will be a “big statement" from Arsenal if they sign Gabriel.

The centre-half is close to sealing a £27million move from Lille to North London.

Merson told the Daily Star: “If Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes I think it's a big statement because of all the other clubs that wanted him.

“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."

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