New Arsenal defender says he looks forward to a challenge against one of the best in the world, naming Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, and Man City’s Sergio Aguero as the players he enjoyed facing in his early days at the Emirates Stadium.
Gabriel Magalhaes completed a move to the North London outfit from French Ligue 1 outfit Lille for a fee of £27 million and has been able to establish himself in Mikel Arteta’s team with solid performance. He is now a regular and a first-team player.
After having an impressive performance in the season’s opener against Fulham and scoring a goal to make it a dream debut, the Brazilian international was named the club’s Player of the Month for September.
Speaking of his few weeks in the English Premier League, told ESPN that the league has been very competitive and that is the reason why he decided a move to Arsenal ahead of Italian Serie A outfit Napoli.
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He, therefore, stressed that he admires Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, expressing delight to have had the played against him this season.
Although, his toughest opponent is French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe after claiming that the French forward is fast and difficult.
However, Virgil Van Dijk has been ruled out of the season after sustaining a knee injury against Everton in the Merseyside derby. He has had successful surgery but he will not be seen in action until next season according to medical reports.
The Reds team are therefore making attempts to recruit a cover for him with Fabinho and Joel Matip also facing fitness issues at the moment.
Meanwhile, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is expected to be in the winter transfer market in January to bring in a centre-back with a number of names being linked.