Arsenal defender, David Luiz has agreed to sign a new one-year contract with Arsenal as Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari join the club permanently.

David Luiz’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of this month. The defender came into fire for his poor performance recently and despite the critics, he has agreed on a one-year contract as Cedric and Mari join the club at the end of their loan deals.

Cedric and Mari joined Arsenal on loan in January and they have agreed to permanently stay with the club on a four-year deal.

Centre-back Mari, who is unlikely to play again this season due to an ankle injury will complete his permanent move from Flamengo for a fee believed to be £8 million when the transfer window re-opens next month.

Right-back Cedric is yet to play for Arsenal due to injury as well. However, he is expected to join the club at the end of this month when his contract at Southampton expires.

Edu, Arsenal’s technical director 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, 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 behavior, 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”.