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Players Shirt Number: Cedric Soares

Amuda Segun

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Arsenal sealed the signing of Portuguese international Cedric Soares on deadline day of the winter transfer window which ended on Friday night.

His transfer to Arsenal was announced earlier in the day and his shirt number was subsequently confirmed by the North Londoners.

Cedric Soares will wear the number 17 shirt at his new club Arsenal.

The Portuguese full-back has joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of this campaign until this summer when he’ll be a free agent.

He has signed for Arsenal from Southampton where he had six months left before making the loan transfer.

Arsenal have paid £1m to Southampton for his loan while the club will take care of his £65,000 weekly salary throughout the duration of his loan spell at the Emirates Stadium until this summer when he’ll find out if he would be signed permanently.

The jersey number 17 was previously worn at Arsenal by the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi.

Super Eagles of Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi left Arsenal on deadline day of last summer’s transfer window.

The Arsenal Academy graduate signed for Everton in a multi-million pounds deal.

On his part, Chilean international Alexis Sanchez spent a hugely successful three-and-a-half years at the Emirates Stadium before he left for rivals Manchester United in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners from the Old Trafford outfit in the 2018 winter transfer market.

During his time at Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez was one of the best players in the Premier League but he is a shadow of himself at Manchester United these days.

He was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan in Italy for this season after an unsuccessful 18 months at the club though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently said that the player will stay at Manchester United when he returns from his loan spell at the San Siro.

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