Arsenal confirm new deals for David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and Dani Ceballos

David Luiz celebrates during Arsenal's Premier League clash with West Ham
David Luiz has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares and have all signed contracts to stay at the club beyond the summer.

In an official announcement on Wednesday morning, the club also revealed that Dani Ceballos had extended his loan from Real Madrid until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Much of the talk following Arsenal’s comprehensive defeat at Manchester City surrounded the future of Luiz and the central defender has put an end to the uncertainty by putting pen to paper on a new one-year deal.

Pablo Mari during Arsenal's clash with Manchester City
Mari has signed a long-term deal with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Mari, who joined on loan from Flamengo in January, has completed a formal move and agreed a new long-term contract at the Emirates while Soares’ switch from Southampton has been made permanent.

Arsenal technical director Edu told the club’s official website: ‘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.

Ceballos looks on in Arsenal training
Ceballos has extended his stay until the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

Cedric Soares looks on in Arsenal training
Soares has joined Arsenal on a permanent long-term deal (Picture: Getty)

Soares is yet to make a single appearance for Arsenal since his move at the end of the January transfer window.

The Portugal right-back arrived with a knee ligament problem and a facial injury prevented him from competing against Charlton Athletic and Brentford earlier this month.

He joins the north London giants on a free transfer with his deal at Southampton coming to an end.

Mari, meanwhile, has played three times for Mikel Arteta’s first-team but the defender looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury at the Etihad.

It’s understood the Spaniard could be out of action for up to three months.

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