Gabriel Paulista set for number 5 Arsenal shirt after granted work permit

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Gabriel Paulista looks set to be handed the No.5 shirt at Arsenal after being granted a work permit to complete his move to the club. 

This has been reported by the Daily Star, who have suggested that the Brazilian centre-back, who has been in fine form for the La Liga outfit throughout the course of the season, is set to complete his move to north London later today. 

Transfer fee 

The same report has suggested that the Gunners will spend as much as £13.5 million in order to secure the player's signature, as the club go in search of improving their back-line. 

There's no doubt about it, at just 24-years-old, Paulista could prove quite the coup for Arsenal, as his presence and quality can prove instrumental in helping the club improve throughout the second half of the season. 

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will no doubt be expecting the Brazilian ace to challenge the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for a place in the side, with the club looking to secure Champions League qualification and retain the FA Cup this term. 

Campbell on his way out 

However, with Paulista arriving, it appears that forward Joel Campbell is set to head in the other direction, as he goes in search of securing first team football. 

In truth, it has been a tricky campaign for Campbell in north London, so it's not surprising that he's set to leave the club on a temporary basis. The same report has in fact suggested that he will move to the La Liga side for the remainder of the season. 

After impressing at Olympiacos on loan last term, Campbell enjoyed a fine World Cup, but has failed to make any sort of impression in England's elite division. 

Arsenal fans, then, will no doubt be excited by the arrival of Paulista, with the club looking forward to a home clash with Aston Villa this weekend after seeing off Championship outfit Brighton in the FA Cup yesterday. 

Arsenal fans: Do you think Paulista will prove a good signing for your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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