EPL side Arsenal has confirmed that defenders David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have signed new contracts that will keep them at the London based side beyond the end of this season.
Midfielder Dani Ceballos has also extended his loan from Real Madrid until the end of the current 2019/20 season.
David Luiz, who signed from Chelsea last summer, has agreed a new one-year deal.
Pablo Mari will complete his formal move from Flamengo on a long-term deal when the transfer window opens next month. Cedric will also join Arteta’s side permanently on a long-term deal from Southampton.
Following the confirmation of the deals, Arsenal’s technical director, Edu said that the players were part of a long term project he is working on together with coach Arteta. He noted that David Luiz is important to the club despite having faced recent criticism following his poor show against Manchester City.
“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.”