Arsenal Sign Portuguese Player, Cedric Soares from Southampton on Loan

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 31 – Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Portuguese defender Cedric Soares from Southampton, he will be with the Gunners until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old joined the Saints in 2015 and has made over 100 appearances.

Cedric has also made 33 appearances for his country, including featuring at the 2018 World Cup and in Portugal’s victorious Euro 2016 campaign.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “He knows the league and he doesn’t really need to adapt so I’m very pleased.”

“We were short at right-back, we’ve had some big issues in that position before. We only have two players there and Maitland-Niles isn’t really a right back and Hector [Bellerin] has had injuries so to bring in a player of that quality wasn’t easy.”

Arsenal’s technical director Edu said Cedric would “provide our squad with quality”.

Edu added: “I know he is a player who plays with absolute full commitment and energy. We are all looking forward to going into the last stages of the season with Cedric as part of the club.”

Cedric, who started his career with Sporting Lisbon, becomes Arsenal’s second addition to the squad during the January transfer window following the agreement of a loan deal for Flamengo defender Pablo Mari.

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