Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent

Arsenal Training Session
Soares is yet to play for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are set to sign Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari on permanent transfers.

The crocked loan duo have barley played for Arsenal since joining in January, but are expected to be handed long-term deals by the Gunners.

Asked about reports the deals were close to completion, Arteta said: ‘We’ve been trying to get the [Mari] deal done because we were happy with what Pablo can bring to us.

‘I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted.’

‘It was the plan from the start [to make Soares’ move permanent],’ Arteta added. ‘But he’s been so, so unlucky.

‘He had an injury when he joined, and then he got a fracture of the nose.

‘We think he’s a player who will improve and help the squad depth and hopefully we can do it.’

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Mari is out for at least two months (Picture: PA)

Mari will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury in the defeat to Manchester City, while Soares is still yet to feature for Arteta’s side.

Soares was back in full training this week and aims to be available for selection for Arsenal’s home game against Norwich.

Arsenal play Southampton on Thursday searching for their first win since the 2019/20 season resumed following back-to-back defeats.

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