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Gabriel Magalhaes has said he’s relishing the challenge of testing himself against world’s best in the Premier League this season and has picked out Virgil van Dijk.
Mikel Arteta identified Gabriel as his top defensive target at the start of the summer and the 22-year-old completed a £27million switch from Lille last month to become Arsenal’s first signing of the transfer window.
Asked about his first few weeks in England, Gabriel told ESPN Brasil: “It’s a very competitive league, that’s why I chose the Premier League.
“A defender that I admire a lot and that I was able to play against was Van Dijk. Also playing against Manchester City, we lost the game, but I was able to learn.
“When you play against big teams, you learn, you try to reap the rewards of what happens on the pitch.”
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