LONDON, United
– Arsenal announced the signing of Portugal defender Cedric Soares
on loan from Southampton until the end of the season on Friday.

The 28-year-old will be out of contract in June, having made
more than 100 appearances for the Saints since joining them from Sporting
Lisbon in 2015.

Right-back Soares, who had a loan spell at Inter Milan last
season, is currently recovering from a knee problem, so his debut for the
Gunners could be delayed until after the winter break.

Arsenal technical director Edu said on the club website:
“Cedric is a defender with good experience of the Premier League, and of
course at international level.

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

Southampton had brought in Kyle Walker-Peters on loan from
Tottenham as cover.

“The club would like to thank Cedric for all his
efforts during his time with the club and wish him luck for the rest of the
campaign,” a Southampton statement read.


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