Cedric Soares says he’s ‘super happy’ to join Arsenal and revealed a move to the Emirates has been a long-time coming.
The Portugal international, 28, joins the Gunners on loan until the end of the season and we have an option to make the deal permanent should we wish.
For the time being, he’ll provide backup to Hector Bellerin, which, in theory, allows Ainsley Maitland-Niles to challenge for a midfield position.
In his first interview with Arsenal.com, Cedric couldn’t hide his joy at sealing a contract at such a big club.
“It has been a while [coming], to be fair,” he said. “We were close a few years ago, so it’s not the first time. It didn’t happen that time but now thank God it came true. I’m super happy.
“Obviously it was important for me in my career to come here. Southampton gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League but obviously, it’s amazing this step, to come here and play for Arsenal. To be able to reach this point is unbelievable.”
Asked what he’ll bring to the club, he continued: “I try to be a guy with energy, a player that goes up and down.
“I like to consider myself a team player and yes, what can I say? It’s difficult when you need to talk about yourself! But again, I will give my 100 per cent for the team and for the fans.”