On this day in 2015, Arsenal announced the signing of Brazil international, Gabriel, from Villarreal for a reported £11.2m.

After obtaining his work permit on 26 January, Gabriel completed his move to north London two days later.

The centreback made his debut for Arsenal on 15 February against Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup, which saw the Gunners win 2-0 with a brace from Olivier Giroud in just two minutes.

Gabriel picked up a yellow card in the 55th minute, the first of 12 that he would go on to receive during his 52 appearances for the club.

One of the 26-year-old’s most notable performances was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 19 September ’15 when he was shown a red card after an on-pitch bust-up with Diego Costa. Although the match itself was forgettable – Arsenal lost 2-0 – the passion Gabriel showed in standing up for his teammate, Laurent Koscielny, and confronting the deplorable Costa meant that, for a while at least, most Gooners had a bit of a soft spot for him.


The defender has scored just once, on 28 December 2015 during a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, and he’s not always been the most reliable player. However, he did fill in for the injured Hector Bellerin at right-back earlier this season and did a pretty solid job considering it’s not his strongest position.

Overall, Gabriel has become a decent squad player since we signed him two years ago.