Arsenal have officially announced the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille for £27m.

Arsenal won the race for his signature despite strong interest from Manchester United, Everton and Napoli.

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is delighted to add Gabriel to his squad.

“We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal,” he told the club’s website.

“He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

“He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

Gabriel made 34 appearances in all competitions for Lille, helping the French side to finish fourth in Ligue 1 last season.