Arsenal complete Soares and Mari transfers as Luiz contract and Ceballos loan extended

Arsenal complete Soares and Mari transfers as Luiz contract and Ceballos loan extended

Arsenal have confirmed the permanent signings of Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari. The Gunners have also extended David Luiz’s contract for an additional year and struck a deal with Real Madrid to keep Dani Ceballos for the remainder of the campaign.

Arsenal technical director Edu said: “I am really happy that we will have these players in our squad for the future. They have been part of the long-term technical plan Mikel [Arteta] and I have developed. They bring the right balance to our squad.”

Soares, 28, has yet to make a senior appearance since arriving on loan from Southampton in January but will complete a permanent switch on a free transfer when his Saints deal officially expires at the end of the season.

Edu believes the Portuguese full-back is “going to be an important player” for Arteta’s team.

The Gunners bigwig added: “He has been unlucky with the injuries but he is close to being ready and gives us more strength in the right-back position.”


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Arsenal captured Mari on loan in the mid-season transfer window and have seen enough in three appearances to trigger a permanent option.

The 26-year-old is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, however, after damaging his ankle in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.  

Edu said: “With Pablo we’re all disappointed he got injured at Manchester City.

“Since Mikel arrived here he was asking for a central defender who was left-footed. We were really pleased with Pablo – his behaviour, the way he is training, his mentality and his quality.

“Unfortunately, he has that injury but of course we are really happy to keep him for the future.”

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Luiz has endured a gaffe-prone maiden campaign at the Emirates Stadium following last summer’s switch from Chelsea.

It was thought a departure could be on the cards after a calamitous display in last week’s Premier League restart defeat to City but Edu and Arteta have opted to keep the defender because of his experience.

“David is a really important player for us,” Edu revealed. “He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone.”

Real loanee Ceballos has had his temporary deal extended until the end of the season. He has made 26 appearances across all competitions. 

Edu said: “We’re also pleased Dani will finish the season here. He is making a good contribution and we look forward to him having a strong finish to the season.”

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Published at Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:14:00 +0000