Arsenal signed Portugal defender Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton until the end of the season on transfer deadline day. Arsenal announced the signing of Cedric 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.
His career started with Sporting CP, going on to appear in 93 competitive games over the course of four Primeira Liga seasons and scoring two goals. He signed for Southampton in 2015. Having earned 72 caps across all youth levels, Cédric made his senior debut for Portugal in 2014. He appeared for the country at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.
Born in Singen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany to Portuguese immigrants, Cédric returned to his parents’ country at the age of two. 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.