Mikel Arteta says that injuries mean Arsenal have to try and sort out the contractual situations involving David Luiz, Cedric Soares, Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari.
The Arsenal boss again confirmed the desire to sign the Spanish centre-half on a permanent basis from Flamengo.
“We have trying to get the deal done, because we are happy with what Pablo can bring to us,” he said.
“The club we trying to finalise the deal. I think the club will announce that as soon as possible when the deal is sorted, there were some legal issues to get sorted, but our intention clearly is to keep him.”
Arteta revealed that ahead of the deadline of midnight tonight, some legal wrangling is going on behind the scenes to sort our extensions.
“It’s very complicated, the timing of it, and the legal issues that are involved in that,” he said.
“The club is trying to finalise everything in the next few hours. We have no choice, we have to do it, and even more with the injuries that we had so we are trying to resolve this.
“I am confident that we can do it, I hope so.”
Arteta didn’t go into details about Dani Ceballos, but it’s fairly certain his would an end of season extension, and then we get to David Luiz. Will it be one more year, something we already declined to do despite having the option, or simply a short-term deal to provide cover until the transfer window opens?
As for Soares, it seems as if this is a deal we will make permanent, as reported earlier, but the complication comes from the fact he needs to extend his contract with Southampton first, so the two clubs can then extend the loan which would allow him to play for us this season. He can then sign the three year contract on offer from Arsenal when that deal expires.
“It was the plan from the start,” said Arteta of Soares becoming a full-time member of the team.
“But he’s been so, so unlucky. He had an injury when he joined, and then he got a fracture of the nose.
“He hasn’t played at all for us, but we think he’s a player who will improve and help the squad depth and hopefully we can do it.”