Gabriel granted work permit

Gabriel is uncapped and was not entitled to an automatic permit, but Arsene Wenger said on Sunday he did not foresee a problem with the Brazilian’s application.

And it is understood Arsenal can now press ahead with finalising a signing believed to be worth 18m euros to the Spanish club.

That sum is worth significantly less in sterling than it would have been on 7 January, and Arsenal stand to save ??700,000 on the deal, according to sources in Spain.