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REVEALED: Gabriel convinced about Arsenal after Edu chat

Arsenal chief Edu was key to landing Lille defender Gabriel ahead of rivals.

Edu is said to have paid a key role in signing their new Brazilian defender Gabriel, which made all the difference when they were compared with other clubs.

The Telegraph says Edu was "decisive" in convincing the 22-year-old that Arsenal should be his new home, having also spoken to manager Mikel Arteta before making a decision.

Lille president Gerard Lopez said last week: “We've given him some recommendations, but we don't like to talk [about that] in public because we don't want people to feel bad or whatever.

“But yes, we've told him where we think he could and should go. But at the end of the day, he and his environment make their choice and we support that."

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