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Gabriel Magalhaes to wear No6 jersey at Arsenal

Arsenal new boy, Gabriel Magalhaes will follow in the footsteps of the legendary Tony Adams by wearing the No 6 shirt.

The ex-Lille man’s £27million arrival at the Emirates was confirmed on Tuesday.

It is two away from his favourite jersey number though – with fellow new arrival William Saliba already getting the No 4.

Some other huge names in the club’s history to have worn the No 6 shirt include Laurent Koscielny, Martin Keown, and David Rocastle.

The Gunners were already advertising on their website last night how to buy the ‘Gabriel 6’ shirt.

But Magalhaes – who idolises Neymar and comes from the same academy as Eden Hazard and Nicolas Pepe – revealed it was talking with Edu, who used to wear Arsenal’s 17, that convinced him to join.

read also:Gabriel has many qualities which will make Arsenal stronger, says Arteta

The Brazilian defender, 22, told “[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations.

“As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.

“Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today.

“We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.

“I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.”

Magalhaes also revealed being flooded with messages on social media played a critical role in his decision too.

He added: “So many fans were sending me messages asking me to join Arsenal, and that played a big part in me signing for this club.

“I know the history and traditions of this club and it is a pleasure being here. I am very happy and hope I can contribute to many titles with the Arsenal shirt.

“It was a very surreal experience, there were offers coming from a few different clubs.

“I spoke a lot with my family and my agents, I also spoke with some of Lille’s directors, but as I said, this club’s history and traditions and the team project for the next few years were very motivational for my decision to come here.

“So here I am, wearing the Arsenal shirt, I will give my best for it and come on you Gunners!”

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