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'I really like what Cedric can bring'

Mikel Arteta says Cedric has the 'desire and commitment' to succeed at Arsenal.

The Portugal full back swapped the red and white of Southampton for the red and white of Arsenal on deadline day, and Arteta is confident the 28-year-old will be able to make an impact following his loan arrival.

"He's a player who's got a big experience," he said. "He's played in different countries, he's played in this league, he knows what it means. He's very willing to go to another top club and he's got that desire, that commitment. 

"I followed him a few seasons ago, I started to follow him and I really like what he can bring. They were the right conditions for us as well to try to improve the squad.

"They were assessing him yesterday and we will have more results today, but he's got a little issue. I don't think he will be available to play [on Sunday]."

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