David Luiz signs new Arsenal contract, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares join permanently

Luiz signs one-year contract extension; Mari and Cedric make loan moves permanent; Dani Ceballos extends loan from Real Madrid until end of season

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Image: David Luiz has signed a one-year contract extension

David Luiz has signed a new one-year contract at Arsenal, while Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have made their loan moves permanent from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.

Dani Ceballos has also extended his loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.

Luiz was due to be out of contract at the end of June and Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta had urged the club to extend his deal.

The Brazilian will remain at the Emirates Stadium for at least another year, with Mari formally completing his move from Flamengo on a "long-term deal" when the transfer window reopens and Soares also making his loan switch from Southampton permanent.

Pablo Mari in action for Arsenal at Manchester City
Image: Pablo Mari will join Arsenal on a permanent deal from Flamengo

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 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.

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"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.

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"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.

Arsenal unveil new loan signing Cedric Soares
Image: Cedric Soares also makes a permanent switch to Arsenal

"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."

Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League table after back-to-back defeats following the season's resumption. They face Southampton on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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