Arsenal have confirmed that they have signed David Luiz to a new one-year extension, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to long-term, permanent deals and secured Dani Ceballos until the end of the current campaign.

Pablo Mari with Arsenal (Photo via Twitter / PabloMV5)
Pablo Mari with Arsenal (Photo via Twitter / PabloMV5)

On Wednesday morning, Arsenal confirmed that they had indeed agreed to extend David Luiz’s deal by one year, something many fans hoped they wouldn’t do.

We expected to hear that they had signed Pablo Mari on a permanent deal, something they have now confirmed, and you can read more about that here.

Cedric Soares, who could feature for Arsenal after this weekend’s game also has signed a long-term deal and will complete a permanent move to the club.

Both those deals are believed to be for four years.

Dani Ceballos will stay with Arsenal until the end of the season.

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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 and I have developed. They bring the right balance to our squad.

“David is a really important player for us. 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.

“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.

“Cedric is also going to be an important player. He has been unlucky with the injuries but he is close to being ready and gives us more strength in the right-back position. 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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