Gunners quartet to extend their stay

DAVID LUIZ is one of four players who has put pen to paper on new deals at Arsenal.

The Brazilian – who’s future was under scrutiny – has extended his stay with the Gunners for another year, while Defensive duo, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares, will remain permanently at the Emirates Stadium after initially joining on loan from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.

Mikel Arteta will also have midfielder, Dani Ceballos, at his disposal after the Spaniard extended his loan from Real Madrid until the end of the current campaign.

Gunners 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.

“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.”

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club)

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Brian Jeeves

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