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Everton fans react as failed transfer target Gabriel enjoys debut to remember

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Everton fans react as failed transfer target Gabriel enjoys debut to remember

Arsenal got their Premier League campaign off to a flyer yesterday, with a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

But it was a game that caught the attention of Everton fans, and not just those who still appreciate seeing Mikel Arteta performing wonders. 

Plenty of Everton fans were also tuning in to see what all the fuss was about regarding Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes. 

Everton were heavily linked with a move to sign the talented centre-back from Lille this summer. In fact, before the global health crisis through everything into disarray, it appeared a deal to sign Gabriel was as good as done. 

Back in April, The Guardian was one of several outlets suggesting the deal for Everton to sign Gabriel was essentially done. The fee was set to be in the region of £30 million and the player had already completed a medical with the club.

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However, as lockdown rumbled on, other clubs took notice, including Arsenal. The Gunners eventually snapped him up for a reported (Sky Sports) £27 million.

Yesterday, the 22-year-old made his Arsenal debut and certainly did not disappoint. 

Recovering from an early mix-up with goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the centre-back put in a brilliant display at the back and even managed to score on his debut with a powerful header.

For some Everton fans, it was a disappointing moment as they realise the transfer opportunity that has passed them by.

Others preferred to be more optimistic, realising that without the money saved on Gabriel. Everton would never have pulled off an eye-catching raid for James Rodriguez this summer. 

 
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