Headlines signalling Arsenal signing overseas centre backs normally send shivers down the spine of the club’s long-suffering fans but the Gunners may well have struck gold with Gabriel Magalhaes.
The 22-year-old Brazilian – full name Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes – had not played for six months before making making his Premier League debut.
But there were no signs of rust with him scoring a goal and delivering a towering performance at the heart of Mikel Arteta’s back-line.
After a few nervy moments in the opening few minutes, the 22-year-old defender gained composure and confidence and Scott Parker’s side found it tough to get past the young Brazilian.
His performance was even more impressive seeing that the last time he played a competitive game was for Lille during a 1-0 victory over Lyon on March 8.
After Arsenal’s victory, Mikel Arteta praised both his new signings Gabriel and Willian who got himself a couple of assists.
He said: ‘Yeah they’ve been training very well, for Gabi it was a big challenge to come into this small ground in the Premier League.
‘Gabi did really well, I think he didn’t play for six months with everything that happened in France. For the new guys more than any again I think was brilliant today.’