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Mikel Arteta’s new signing Gabriel explains why he admires Arsenal star David Luiz ‘very much’

first_imgAdvertisement Skip Ad 1/1 Full Screen PLAY SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Video Settings There is now a growing contingent of Brazilians at Arsenal and Gabriel says he has always admired one of them ‘very much’.‘For sure David Luiz is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ Gabriel told Arsenal Digital. ‘I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved.‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon. About Connatix V67539 Skip Read More Read More / Read More by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Gabriel has become Mikel Arteta’s latest signing at Arsenal (Picture: YouTube / Arsenal)Mikel Arteta’s latest signing Gabriel has revealed his admiration for new Arsenal team-mate David Luiz and says it is a ‘dream come true’ to join his compatriot at the Emirates.Arsenal officially confirmed the transfer of Lille defender Gabriel on Tuesday, with the 22-year-old completing a £27million move to the Emirates and signing a long-term deal with the club.The Gunners beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United and Napoli to sign the centre-back, who started all six of Lille’s Champions League games last season.Gabriel became Arteta’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of fellow Brazilian Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Top articles ‘We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.‘I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.’Arsenal begin the 2020-21 Premier League campaign on September 12 against newly-promoted London rivals Fulham.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain snub chance to sign Arsenal outcast Matteo GuendouziMORE: Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal Comment Mikel Arteta’s new signing Gabriel explains why he admires Arsenal star David Luiz ‘very much’ LONDON IS RED ⚪️🔴🤩— Gabriel Magalhaes (@biel_m04) September 1, 2020 Advertisement Read More ‘It is always good to have Brazilian players at the club to welcome me, it is very important for me. I don’t speak English very well and I will try to learn as fast as I can.‘Nicolas Pepe is also a good friend of mine, also David they messaged me and welcomed me, this is very important to me and makes me very happy.‘I cannot wait to meet the rest of the squad, Willian and Gabriel Martinelli too.’Gabriel has also explained how Arsenal manager Arteta and technical director Edu convinced him to join the Premier League club amid interest from elsewhere.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations.‘As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.‘Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today. Read Morelast_img read more

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Ze Maria slowed down my season, says Kagere

first_imgEventually, Kagere was signed as da Silva was said to be way out of achieving the required fitness and sharpness levels, and Kagere says this was the genesis of his tribulation at the club, trickling down into the start of the 2017 season.“We didn’t have good agreement with the coach because he wanted player he brought to play. It was always a problem. He put me out saying I can’t play with Tuyisenge (Jacques) and I ended up playing very few matches. By the time he though he needed me, the season was already gone and the other players were ahead of me,” Kagere, winner of the league title with Gor in 2015 said.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOULUIn contrast, Kagere has heaped praise on Briton Dylan Kerr who he said believed in him and gave him the confidence to play better, finishing the season with 14 goals and four assists.“When the new coach came, he told me ‘I have heard about you, I have seen you and I know what you can do’ and that kept pushing me. When a coach tells you that, you have to work hard to prove him right,” Kagere further explained.The Ugandan-born Rwandese was on Monday night named the KPL player of the year by the Sports Journalists of Kenya and says it was a fruit of hard work and determination which trails back to the start of the season.He came close to bagging the award in 2015 but was edged out closely by former teammate Michael Olunga now playing in the Spanish La Liga with FC Girona.“I expected this award to be mine in 2015 because I think I performed better. I had more goals and more assists but then it had to wait till this year and I am proud because at the beginning of the year, I told myself I have to achieve something,” Kagere explained.Kagere kising he trophy after being named the SJAK Most Valuable Player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis next target is to help the team do well in the CAF Champions League and they begin their campaign at home to Equatorial Guinea Champions Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club. A successful bid in the preliminary round books them a tough tie most probably against Esperance in the first round.“There’s nothing impossible; it is all about our mentality, how we organize ourselves and our focus. I don’t know much about Equatorial Guinean teams but I know Esperance; they call them the Barcelona of Africa. We have to learn about how they play and know how to tackle them as soon as possible,” Kagere advised.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere glides away celebrating the equalizer against AFC Leopards during the Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on August 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, KENYA, Dec 20- Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere has disclosed that personal differences between him and former coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria slowed down his season, pointing out he would have performed much better had things been different.Kagere re-joined Gor in June last year at a time when Ze Maria had just sanctioned the signing of fellow Brazilian Thiago Lima da Silva with a huge section of fans and club officials also advocating for Kagere’s return having spent six months away.last_img read more