Arsenal completed the signing of Brazilian star Gabriel Magalhaes this afternoon from Lille after a long wait for the official announcement.

The Gunners beat off challenges from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton to land the Lille defender.

However, it’s worth noting that the 22-year-old was also linked with a move to Chelsea earlier in the season.

During that period when rumours were rife, Brazilian publication UOL asked him about Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Gabriel said: “He (Lampard) was a great player without a doubt. He is one of those players that I admired on the small screen.”

The Brazilian centre-back moved to Arsenal for £27m after helping Lille to a fourth-place finish last season.