With just one month left until the end of the January window, Arsenal are stepping up preparations for the transfer.
Technical director Edu was very busy during the summer and the Gunners spent more money than any other team in the Premier League, spending £ 140 million.
Since then, Mikel Arteta’s team has benefited from this huge investment and is currently fifth in the league, behind only fourth-placed West Ham United.
However, the young Spaniard will miss out on a number of key players in the Africa Cup of Nations in the new year, including club captain Pierre-Emerick Obameyang, record holder Nicolas Pepe, midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneni. competition.
According to 90min, the North Londoners are interested in signing Brazilian striker Gabigol, and other English Premier League clubs are also keen to sign him in the winter transfer window.
From here, football.london will give you all the insights you need to know about the goals of the informed Gunners, including his life, his style of play, and how he can fit into Arteta’s plans.
Who is Gabigol?
Gabriel Barbosa Almeida, better known as Gabigol, is a talented striker born in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He is a fast striker and currently plays for Brazil’s Flamengo, having previously beaten Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Why does Arsenal want him?
Gabigol made his debut for the former Santos club at the age of 16, comparing himself to Neymar and Ronaldo Nazario, and quickly established himself as one of Brazil’s greatest talents.
The 19-year-old then made his debut for the national team, scoring 56 goals for Santastico over the next four seasons, drawing the attention of Europe’s elite clubs.
In the end, the Italian “Inter Milan” stopped the interest of other teams and bought him for 25 million pounds. However, he struggled to make an impact at the San Siro and decided to return to Brazil in 2019, joining Flamengo on loan and making a permanent move last year.
The 25-year-old has moved up to the last three, scoring 98 goals in 139 appearances for Mengao, and scored twice in a 2-1 win over River Plate in the 2019 Libertadores Cup final.
Arsenal captains Eddie Nketia and Alexandre Lacazette are in the final years of their contracts, so it would make sense for the Gunners to sign a striker, while Gabigol is reportedly keen to return to Europe to secure a place in Brazil’s World Cup. The team will compete in Qatar next year.
Where does he fit?
Gabigol usually plays as a center-forward, but he can also play on the right wing, possessing a rare combination of speed, clever movement and a dead end.
Assuming that Pierre-Emerick Obamayang is already 32 years old and Folarin Balogun is only 20 years old, Gabigol is the best person to learn from Obama and help Balogun develop.
The former Benfica loan owner will have little difficulty adjusting to life at the Emirates Stadium, as compatriots Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes are both prominent members of Mikel Arteta’s team.
Arteta likes to race his center-forward on his feet, and Gabigol doesn’t mind. In fact, dribbling is one of his biggest assets, and he often runs to the opposing team’s defenders and skips past them with a combination of deception and raw speed.
However, his aforementioned struggles in Europe will no doubt worry technical director Edu, who will be well acquainted with the player who served as Brazil’s general manager.
What did he say?
Gabigol has made no secret of his admiration for Thierry Henry, a former Premier League and Arsenal symbol.
“I loved watching the Premier League,” he told The Sun earlier this year. At first, it was difficult to watch many games because of the TV, but I always enjoyed it.
“I’ve always seen Thierry Henry’s goals. I thought he was a very strong, strong and smart striker.
Barcelona and Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has previously praised the 25-year-old, saying he would be a historic success for Inter in 2016.
When asked why Gabigol was fighting the Italians, he said, “Why the mystery? He has very good eyes for his purpose, he is young and he will make history with Nerazzurri. “