It looks as though Arsene Wenger is set to land his man this window as it is being reported that Arsenal have finally been granted the work permit for Brazilian Gabriel Paulista.

Reports today of this news means that the deal is practically done following successful negotiations over the last couple of weeks. According to The Daily Star, the fee is agreed to be around £13.5million for the highly rated centre back.

Though Villarreal had announced that Gabriel Paulista is Arsenal-bound, there were widespread claims that the Gunners may not be able to deploy him in front of David Ospina due to potential work-permit issues. Arsene Wenger has now shed light on the subject saying that the deal could be done before FA Cup draw.

La Liga champions Real Madrid have not ruled out the possible sale of French international Karim Benzema in the summer.

Karim Benzema has been heavily linked to many Premier League sides in the past, such as Liverpool, Manchester United and, of course, Arsenal and are said to be monitoring the situation of Los Blancos’ striker.

FA Cup never leaves us bereft of drama as Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton were knocked out of the tournament in the same day that a Championship side forced Liverpool into a replay.

Arsenal supporters will be hoping that the curse on Premier League clubs is not carried on by their club.

However, there is one Arsenal supporter, who wishes that his team succumb to a defeat at Falmer Stadium as the Gunners bid to defend their only trophy in a decade.

Villarreal have issued a statement on their official website that they have an agreement in principle with Arsenal over the transfer of Gabriel Paulista. As a part of the deal, Joel Campbell is set to move the other way on loan until the end of the season.

An official statement from the Spanish club read:

“Villarreal and Arsenal have come to a preliminary agreement that will be completed on Monday, for the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Armando de Abreu. Once Gabriel passes the physical examination, he will join the Gunners in the Premier League.”