Deadline Day: Arsenal Sign Southampton Defender Cedric Soares

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Cedric Soares joins Arsenal from Southampton. Photo: [email protected]_watts

Arsenal have signed defender Cedric Soares on loan from another Premier League (EPL) club Southampton on transfer deadline day, Concise News reports.

Cedric will be on loan at Arsenal until the end of the season, with his departure coming after the arrival of Kyle-Walker-Peters at St. Mary’s.

“Cedric is a defender with good experience of the Premier League, and of course at [the] international level,” according to Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu.

“He is another strong addition to our defensive unit who will provide our squad with quality. 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.”

The player, 28, was snapped up in a loan fee of about £1 million which will cover up his weekly wages of around £65,000. Arsenal also have an obtain to sign the Portuguese permanently when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Speaking after his move to the north London side, the defender described it as a dream come true, admitting he had always wanted to play for Arsenal.

“It’s a dream come true being here, and being able to play for Arsenal is unreal,” the player said. “Arsenal is a top team. They are a very, very good club, with fantastic fans as well. They are known to be so well supported and for me, it’s a pleasure to be here.

“Like I said, it’s a dream come true because I always thought about coming here and imagined it, and seeing it happen is really amazing.”

He played 138 times and scored three goals for Southampton following a move from Sporting Lisbon in 2015.

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