Arsenal have completed their second signing in three days after agreeing a deadline-day deal to loan Southampton defender Cedric Soares for the remainder of the season.
Cedric—whose contract at St. Mary’s Stadium is due to expire in June—has made 120 Premier League appearances since he joined the Saints from Sporting CP in the summer of 2015.
The right-back described Arsenal as “one of the biggest clubs in the world” via Twitter, adding it was a privilege to join a team with “a rich history, class and loyal supporters.”
He’ll be expected to provide back-up for Hector Bellerin, who spent the first eight months or so of 2019 on the sidelines after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Injured alternative Calum Chambers is out for the rest of the season after he suffered a serious knee injury in early January.
Arteta said at a press conference on Friday that Cedric, 28, is currently carrying an injury and is therefore very unlikely to be involved in Sunday’s Premier League visit to Burnley.
Cedric never managed to defeat the Gunners in five encounters during his time on the south coast, drawing twice and losing on three occasions.
The full-back—who has 33 caps for Portugal—has motivation to impress at the Emirates Stadium considering he’s set to be without a club come June.
Arteta said he had been following Cedric for some time and that the player “fits our structure,” which has suited Arsenal well since the Spaniard was appointed chief.