Frank Lampard believes Chelsea's failure to bring in new signings in the January transfer window has left them as "underdogs" in the battle for Champions League qualification.

Chelsea had their two-window transfer ban halved, meaning they could add to the squad for the second half of the season, but the club failed to make the most of their opportunity.

Lampard wore a frustrated expression as he faced the media on Friday, confirming neither Dries Mertens nor Edinson Cavani - two mooted targets - would be signing.

Wantaway forward Olivier Giroud therefore stayed at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard pointed to the business at rival clubs to show where Chelsea, fourth in the Premier League, may slip behind.

Manchester United brought in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo, while Tottenham signed Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn.

Lampard even referenced the business done by eighth-placed Sheffield United, who spent a club-record fee on Sander Berge.

"I look at Manchester United signing a big, big player, a world-class player [Fernandes] in my opinion," Lampard said.

"And the teams around us, Sheffield United making fantastic signings. Chris Wilder's job is incredible because he's had years to work that group and now they're adding where he sees fit.

"Tottenham have signed a few and they're not far behind us. And not only have they signed a few but a couple of players have left where the situation was they were towards the end of their contracts and maybe weren't happy being at the club any more. Sometimes that's as important as bringing players in.

"Now what remains to be seen will be seen and from my view – and this is not to talk ourselves down because we're six points clear in fourth – now we become probably the underdogs and the outsiders to some point because the teams around us have strengthened. It's a fact."

Lampard said the previous ban had made January "a bit more crucial" for Chelsea but vowed he would not continue to bemoan their lack of movement.

"I have to be the first person who remains positive and I have to be truthful when I speak out loud," he said.

"We know that recruitment is huge for a team that wants to be successful. Look no further than Liverpool and Manchester City in recent years.

"But it's a fact. People will get bored if I keep crying about that fact. I have to work. The players have to work.

"I think, at the start of the season, nobody had us in their top four. The reality is that now we're in fourth but it's going to be a real big fight.

"Let's not forget it's a difficult window. The fact we missed the last window made it a bit more crucial for us."

Manchester United have clinched a surprise move for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo is joining United on loan for the rest of the season but there is no option to buy in the deal, Omnisport understands.

United, who finally signed Bruno Fernandes for a fee of £46.5million (€55m) and a potential further £21.1m (€25m) in add-ons on Thursday, were eager to bring in a striker prior to the end of the transfer window.

With Marcus Rashford out injured, United were said to have had an approach for Josh King rebuffed by Bournemouth before turning their attention to Ighalo.

The Nigeria forward has spent the past three seasons in the Chinese Super League, scoring 10 league goals for Shanghai Shenhua last term after two prolific campaigns with Changchun Yatai.

But the 30-year-old will now bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack, with United just managing to get a short-term loan deal completed before Friday's deadline.

An official announcement from United will come later, but it is understood all aspects of the deal have been agreed.

Ighalo has Premier League experience, having scored 16 goals for Watford in 55 top-flight appearances between 2015 and 2017.

Manchester United have clinched a surprise move for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo is joining United on loan for the rest of the season but there is no option to buy in the deal, Omnisport understands.

United, who finally signed Bruno Fernandes for a fee of £46.5million (€55m) and a potential further £21.1m (€25m) in add-ons on Thursday, were eager to bring in a striker prior to the end of the transfer window.

With Marcus Rashford out injured, United were said to have had an approach for Josh King rebuffed by Bournemouth before turning their attention to Ighalo.

The Nigeria forward has spent the past three seasons in the Chinese Super League, scoring 10 league goals for Shanghai Shenhua last term after two prolific campaigns with Changchun Yatai.

But the 30-year-old will now bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack, with United just managing to get a short-term loan deal completed before Friday's deadline.

An official announcement from United will come later, but it is understood all aspects of the deal have been agreed.

Ighalo has Premier League experience, having scored 16 goals for Watford in 55 top-flight appearances between 2015 and 2017.

Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey has joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 19-year-old defender made his first-team debut for Chelsea in their Premier League win at Arsenal last month and has featured as a substitute in both rounds of the FA Cup.

He has now completed a switch to the south coast, with Brighton confirming the signing of the England youth international for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £4million.

Lamptey, also capable of playing in midfield, is now looking to prove himself in the top flight.

"It was a really tough decision to leave as I've been at Chelsea since the age of seven and seen it all the way to the under-23s, and then the first team," he told his new side's official website.

"It was a proud moment when I made my Premier League debut, but I felt that it was the right time to start a new chapter and come to this brilliant club.

"The manager and the club have shown great faith in bringing me here. I just hope I can repay their trust, and help the club reach their goals and objectives.

"They are a team on the up with a great fanbase, training ground and stadium and they have everything I need to become a better player."

Brighton are 15th in the league and travel to fellow strugglers West Ham on Saturday.

The Seagulls have also recalled striker Jurgen Locadia from a loan spell with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, with the Dutchman having scored four goals in 11 league appearances this term.

Wolves have announced the signing of teenage full-back Luke Matheson from Rochdale.

The 17-year-old completed a medical with Nuno Espirito Santo's side on Friday and has returned to the League One club on loan for the remainder of the season.

Wolves have reportedly paid £1million to sign the Rochdale academy product.

Matheson made the headlines when he scored at Old Trafford in September as Rochdale held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in the EFL Cup third round before losing on penalties.

He also impressed in the FA Cup third round this month, setting up Aaron Wilbraham to secure a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at home, with the Magpies winning the replay 4-1.

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell told the club's website: "Our recruitment team have watched Luke since he made his debut at 15.

"The system we play, it's set up for him. He plays at right-back for Rochdale at the moment, but he's a right-wing-back in our eyes because of his energy and ability to continually sprint and recover.

"At 17, for a boy to have so much experience, be English and have such a strong mentality is fantastic, and we think he's everything we're about.

"It's great for all of us to get him in the building, we're really excited and we think he's going to be a top talent."

Barcelona signed Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes and Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao on transfer deadline day, but both players must wait for their chance to shine at Camp Nou.

Fernandes will join Quique Setien's squad from Palmeiras in July after a €10million package was agreed for the 21-year-old, who has played for the Brazil Under-20 team.

Braga accepted a €31m offer from Barca for 20-year-old forward Trincao, and he will also formally join the Catalan club's ranks at the end of the season.

Both players have agreed five-year contracts, the Blaugrana announced, with Fernandes' contract including a €300m buy-out clause and Trincao's deal showing a €500m clause.

Braga will take Barca's 18-year-old striker Abel Ruiz on loan until the end of the season and then make the deal permanent for €8m, with the LaLiga club having a buy-back option.

Barca were not the only Spanish club busy in the market though, with Celta Vigo signing striker Fyodor Smolov on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow until the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid re-signed Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco, almost two years after he left to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang. The 26-year-old joined until the end of the season on loan.
 

STAYING PUT

Deadline day was as notable for the deals that looked to have fallen through as those that were completed.

Paris Saint-Germain ruled out allowing Edinson Cavani to leave, as a host of clubs fancied taking the Uruguayan off their hands, while Chelsea refused to let France striker Olivier Giroud depart Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham were among the clubs keen on Giroud, but Jose Mourinho looked like missing out on the striker he wanted to strengthen a front-line depleted by the loss of injured England captain Harry Kane.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale would not be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

Manchester United remained linked with Bournemouth forward Joshua King, but time was running out for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to add new faces to his Old Trafford squad.

United made one signing, but it was a low-profile deal as England Under-20 goalkeeper Nathan Bishop arrived from third-tier Southend United.

Arsenal brought in defender Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton.

In Scotland, champions Celtic shipped out Scotland international Lewis Morgan to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, who are part-owned by David Beckham.

Belgian side Genk allowed attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi, son of Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi, to join Scottish giants Rangers on loan.
 

KOUAME, DUNCAN IN

Serie A transfer activity was dominated by Fiorentina, who signed Ivorian forward Christian Kouame from Genoa, initially on loan. The deal will be made permanent at the end of the season.

They also brought in Ghanaian midfielder Alfred Duncan from Sassuolo in a similar deal, a loan with an obligation to buy.

Reports in Italy said Kevin-Prince Boateng was set to leave Fiorentina among the incomings, with Besiktas his destination. Turkish giants Besiktas also snapped up 18-year-old Croatian midfielder Ajdin Hasic from Dinamo Zagreb on permanent terms.

Atalanta agreed a loan deal with Nice, acquiring defender Adrien Tameze from the Ligue 1 outfit with a purchase option.

World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi cut short a season-long loan from Roma to Galatasaray, returning to his French homeland with Rennes on a six-month loan with an option for a further year.
 

HERTHA BUSY

In the Bundesliga, Emre Can left Juventus for Borussia Dortmund on Friday evening, initially on loan until the end of the campaign but with a €25m fee agreed for a potential permanent transfer.

Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin followed up Thursday's signing of Krzysztof Piatek by prising 20-year-old Brazilian winger Matheus Cunha from table-toppers RB Leipzig, for whom he scored nine goals in 52 games.

Hertha managing director Michael Preetz said on the club's website: "We wanted to increase the quantity and improve the quality up front, which we have been able to do with the Piatek and Cunha transfers."

Leipzig also offloaded Austrian midfielder Stefan Ilsanker to Eintracht Frankfurt. He spent four-and-a-half years at Leipzig, joining them in the second tier.

Werder Bremen signed striker Davie Selke on an 18-month loan from Hertha, the 25-year-old returning to the club where he began his professional career.

Willian Jose has apologised to Real Sociedad and the club's fans after failing to force through a "dream" move to Tottenham.

The 28-year-old striker emerged as a reported Spurs target this month as Jose Mourinho sought cover for the injured Harry Kane.

Willian Jose has missed Sociedad's past three matches amid the uncertainty over his future, having asked to be excused from the Copa del Rey win over Espanyol on January 22 while hoping to leave the club.

However, the forward appears set to stay in LaLiga for at least the rest of the season after talks broke down with Spurs, who were reportedly unwilling to match Sociedad's €30million asking price.

Manchester United were also mentioned as suitors but the Red Devils are not expected to make an offer, meaning Willian Jose's focus for now is on winning back the supporters at Anoeta.

"I apologise to the fans for everything that has happened in the last few days," he told the club's media channel. "A lot of things happened, and I have to apologise to the fans, my team-mates, the coach as well, who are supporting me.

"I saw that it was a great opportunity for me to leave and play in the Champions League for a Premier League team. I have a dream of playing in the Premier League. It didn't happen, but I'm very happy.

"I'm always grateful to Real for everything they've given me, for how they have backed me, and now I just have to work as I was working in the last few weeks to win back my place.

"I said I wouldn't be called up for Espanyol. I don't know if it was the best decision, but it was how I thought at that moment. I had a lot of information in my head and I ended up telling the president that it wasn't in my head to go to the game.

"I apologise to everyone for what happened and now, I'll keep working every day to regain people's trust.

"It's not only the fans who've been hurt, but me, too. The last two weeks have been really painful for me, my wife and my family. I just want to keep working and keep helping my team-mates, scoring goals and bringing joy to the fans, and for those inside Anoeta to chant my name again - that would be a huge joy."

Manchester City left-back Angelino has been loaned to Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig until the end of the campaign.

The 23-year-old has been limited to just four Premier League starts since re-joining City in July following a season with Eredivisie side PSV.

He has not featured at all in the league since a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on December 7, being restricted to three cup appearances since then.

Leipzig confirmed on Friday the defender will spend the remainder of 2019-20 at the Red Bull Arena, and it has been reported they have an option to make the move permanent for €30million (£25m).

Angelino originally joined City's academy in 2013 and spent time on loan with New York City, Girona, Real Mallorca and NAC Breda during his first spell at the club.

Leipzig are one point clear of Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit and have already brought in Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb this month.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old midfielder Stefan Ilsanker and Matheus Cunha exited Leipzig on deadline day.

Ilsanker completed a move from to Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-and-a-half-year deal, while Cunha signed a long-term contract at Hertha Berlin.

Liverpool will win the Premier League and match the Arsenal 'Invincibles' as there are no teams good enough to stop them, according to Robert Pires.

Jurgen Klopp's side are 19 points clear at the top of the table after winning 23 and drawing one of their 24 top-flight matches.

The Reds have not lost a league match in more than 12 months and look destined to win a first league title in 30 years, while they could also match Arsenal’s feat of going the entire league season unbeaten in 2003-04.

Pires, a key part of Arsene Wenger's fabled side during that astonishing campaign, sees no reason Liverpool cannot surpass their achievement as he believes the quality in the Premier League is not as high.

When asked if Liverpool could go unbeaten for the season, Pires told France Football: "Yes, because they have everything going for them: the team, the results, the luck, the coach... I think there are a lot of people who will agree.

"Considering how they have been playing for some time, I can't see who would trouble them. Even Manchester City... when I look at the match against City [a 3-1 win for Liverpool at Anfield in November], there is too big a difference.

"It's how they all defend. They play in a 4-3-3 and as soon as they lose the ball, especially in the middle, they are strong, physical.

"I thought they would have a little drop in speed because they don't stop playing and they keep travelling. After Boxing Day, I thought they would fall apart anyway, and no the guys are still there physically.

"Today, technically the Premier League has dipped a little. It's a bit of an observation people make here. When you see the squads of Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal, it's not as strong as it was a few years ago. The only ones who can trouble them are Manchester City.

"They will be champions by going unbeaten, but they can also beat our record. Everything has changed today. People will compare, but I think it was much, much harder in our time.

"As I said before, technically, many teams, particularly the big ones, have gone down a notch. There were no cameras, no VAR. When the guys wanted to get stuck in...

"And, above all, when you played away. I remember the matches at Leeds [United], Blackburn [Rovers], Bolton [Wanderers]... you had to get used to them."

Pires sees similarities between Liverpool and his old Arsenal side in the way in which they do not rely on one player to carry the team.

However, the former France star thinks the Gunners of old had more individual quality.

"I think we're quite close, fairly similar in terms of players, but not in terms of tactics since we were playing in a traditional, very old-fashioned 4-4-2. But physically and technically, I think we're very similar," he said.

"They, like us, have several players capable of making a difference, not only one or two. That's the strong point.

"Sadio Mane is Pires! [Roberto] Firmino is Thierry Henry. Again, I don't think anyone can match Thierry Henry, even though Firmino is very good. Titi is too far ahead.

"That's why I would have liked to see a Virgil van Dijk-Thierry Henry duel. It would have been really interesting.

"Henderson... no, Pat Vieira is stronger, I'm sorry. Gilberto Silva, too. "

Arsenal's unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in October 2004, and they went on to lose a further four times that season as they lost their title to Chelsea.

Pires says Liverpool's acid test will come when their own run without defeat is ended.

"You win, you win, you win - there's no problem. You feel euphoric, invincible, which is normal. But when you lose, it's a real blow. You're not used to it. Psychologically, you take a hit, and you have to be careful afterwards," he added.

"They've been telling you for months that you're invincible, that you're the best team, and it can be brutal when that stops."

Leroy Sane is moving "surprisingly well" but there is no timescale for his Manchester City return.

Sane is back in full training for Pep Guardiola's men having been on the sidelines since August after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield.

Guardiola was pleased with what he saw from the former Schalke forward on the training pitch but would not commit to a concrete date for Sane's first appearance of the campaign.

"He moves surprisingly really well," Guardiola told a media conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Asked for a timescale, he added: "I don't know, he needs a little bit more time I think so, but we'll see."

Sane was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich when he injured his knee, having rejected the offer of a new contract from City, and talk of a switch has never really subsided.

However, there have been some suggestions that a move back to his homeland is not as sure fire as it once seemed.

"I don't have any new news," Guardiola replied when that speculation was put to him.

"You have to ask to [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain]. The last info I had, we offer him from long time ago, an offer, and all the time he reject it. After that, I don't know any news."

Centre-back Aymeric Laporte missed the last two games after making his return from a knee injury against Sheffield United on January 21.

"Laporte is okay, he had fatigue - he wasn't injured. Maybe he can play against Spurs," added Guardiola.

Pressed on his confidence Laporte will not have a setback, Guardiola said: "I would tell you if he had a problem I would tell you. I answer what is the truth."

Jose Mourinho suggested a quick fix might have been the wrong move as Tottenham looked set to miss out on strengthening their strike force on deadline day.

The Spurs boss saw hopes of signing Chelsea's Olivier Giroud and Real Sociedad's Willian Jose fail to result in a new arrival.

It meant that barring an unexpected late signing on Friday, Tottenham appeared as though they would go into the closing months of the season with Son Heung-min continuing to deputise up front.

They have attacking midfield strength from the likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and new arrival Steven Bergwijn, who joined from PSV this week.

But Mourinho wanted an extra striker and both Giroud and Willian Jose would have added more of a physical presence to his forward line.

Spurs will be without injured England frontman Harry Kane until April at the earliest, a blow to their Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup prospects.

"I have to answer that yes it would be better with a striker," Mourinho said.

"Yes, we would need a striker to have a better squad, to face the great challenges that we have in front of us in three different competitions.

"But we want to do things not to resolve the problems of today or tomorrow; we want things that are also good for the future.

"For example, Steven Bergwijn - I prefer to say Stevie - he's the kind of player that is good for now but he's also good for our future; he's also good for the direction we want to go.

"With the difficulties of the market in January, it was really hard to find the striker that is good not just to resolve the problems of today but good also for the future of the team, so probably we are not going to do it."

Mourinho jokingly opened his news conference ahead of Sunday's match against Manchester City by attempting to ward off questions about signings.

As reporters prepared to engage with the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss, Mourinho got the first word in.

He said: "First question: are you expecting any player until the end of the market?.

"First answer: no.

"Second question: are you happy with your market?

"Yes I am.

"Third question: don't you want a striker?"

Gareth Bale's agent again quashed talk of Real Madrid's Welshman returning to Tottenham on Friday, with Mourinho seemingly set to save his transfer kitty for the close-season window.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is relishing the opportunity to catch up with former Reds striker Danny Ings when Southampton visit Anfield on Saturday.

Ings' time on Merseyside was ravaged by injury and he opted to relaunch his career at Southampton with a loan move in August 2018 which became permanent before the start of this season.

It has proved a shrewd move for Saints, with the 27-year-old scoring 14 times in 24 starts in 2019/20 to help Ralph Hasenhuttl's men climb the table after a slow start and spark talk of an England recall.

Klopp was effusive in his praise for Ings but hopes he can be kept quiet this weekend with table-topping Liverpool looking to edge closer to their first league title in 30 years.

The Liverpool manager said: "Everybody here is so happy with the situation of Danny, he is still our boy.

"We celebrate the goals he scores, although that will be different tomorrow.

"Apart from the games against us, we cannot wish him any better. He is such a wonderful person.

"He didn't have enough game time here for some good reasons and the decision he made to go Southampton was perfect. He needed time to get his rhythm back and now he is on fire, a bit like their whole team.

"We are happy to see him tomorrow, we wish him the best season of his life but not tomorrow obviously."

Ings spoke earlier this week of the special relationship he enjoyed with the medical staff at Anfield, a point echoed by Klopp.

The German added: "That's what these people do with every player. With Ingsy, he's a very likeable person, very staff orientated, he had a very good relationship with all the staff members.

"When I came in in October 2015, he got injured in my first training session, not a good start, and from that moment all the medics worked their socks off to get him back.

"There were a lot of worries about him, but he's a very positive person and seeing him now performing like this is wonderful."

Liverpool have made just one addition in the January window - Takumi Minamino from Salzburg - but Klopp insists transfer talks are always ongoing for the longer term.

"No one here is relaxed," he said. "At the moment we are not really busy with transfer decisions, but we are constantly in talks and exchanging ideas about what will help us in the long term."

Asked how he could improve a squad that has dropped just two points in 24 league games, Klopp said: "It's not easy but it's possible.

"We just prepare for potential situations and we always try to strengthen.

"That could mean looking at our own squad. We believe we can do a lot with this existing squad.

"It would be really strange to improve easily a squad like this. It needs to be 100 per cent the right player."

Mikel Arteta suggested Arsenal will not make any further signings on deadline day, though he did not rule out someone following Cedric Soares through the door.

Arsenal have bolstered their defensive options with the arrival of right-back Cedric, whose contract at Southampton expires in June, on loan until the end of the season.

The move for the Portugal international - who is unlikely to debut this weekend due to "a little issue" - on Friday followed the signing of Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari on loan with an option to buy.

Arteta hinted there could be more movement at Emirates Stadium but that it was unlikely.

"I'd say no but you never know," the Arsenal head coach said when asked about potential incomings.

"We've been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we've been going through in the last few weeks.

"We found two players who we believe can be very useful and can improve our squad and we are happy."

Arsenal travel to Burnley on Sunday and will then head to Dubai for a training camp during the mid-season, something Arteta is looking forward to as he aims to instil his philosophy.

"We need to be ready for a battle. We have to go there with complete focus and energy and a clear plan because if not they are very hard to deal with," said Arteta.

"Since November they haven't had two days off, so they need to reset their minds a little bit. I wanted to take them away from here and live together more and train some concepts, as in the last few weeks we haven't had time to prepare or train.

"We are on the right path. The next two weeks after Dubai will help us accelerate that process and I'm happy where I am."

The Gunners will welcome back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz from suspension at Turf Moor, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Olivier Giroud will not be leaving Chelsea during the transfer window, which Frank Lampard said is "95 per cent" shut for the Blues.

France international Giroud was expected to leave Stamford Bridge in January, with Inter said to have been leading Newcastle United in the race for his signature.

With neither side able to get a deal done, it was reported on Friday that Lazio were making a deadline-day move for the striker.

However, Chelsea being left with too little time to bring in a replacement means he will spend the rest of the season with the Blues.

"Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and a man," said Lampard, who dismissed the chances of Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani arriving in west London.

"We all know there's been interest and we said if it's right for us all [he could go] and he's been impeccable in that period. I've got huge respect for him for that.

"It's my job with all players to get the best out of them … it's key across the board, not just with Oli.

"I wouldn't say frustrating because I'm aware how football is and some things are not in my control. I wanted to bring players in and it hasn't happened.

"No ins means no outs."

Chelsea could be without their leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday after he sustained an ankle injury in the draw against Arsenal last week.

"He's trained today and felt okay, we need to see if there's a reaction because it's a pain injury. Even in training he had pain," said Lampard, who added that there were no new injuries.

"But he did get out there today which is a positive in the longer term."

Cedric Soares is to join Arsenal on loan from Southampton until the end of the season, the Gunners have confirmed.

The Portugal full-back adds further defensive reinforcement to a depleted Arsenal backline, which was also boosted by the addition of Pablo Mari earlier this week.

Cedric has made 138 appearances for the Saints since joining from Sporting CP in 2015 and spent time on loan at Inter in Serie A last term.

"For me, Arsenal are a top team. They are a very, very good club, with fantastic fans as well," Cedric, whose move is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, told the club's official website. 

"They are known to be so well supported and for me, it's a pleasure to be here.

"Like I said, it's a dream come true because I always thought about coming here and imagined it, and seeing it happen is really amazing."

Asked about new Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, he added: "It's good to watch. 

"I've been watching the last couple of weeks as well. You can see that something changed, definitely. 

"There is a lot of work to do but definitely already his ideas have started to appear in the game, that is good. I am sure Arsenal will be very successful."

Cedric has made 33 appearances for Portugal, winning Euro 2016 and featuring at the 2018 World Cup.

Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League, a point and a place below Southampton.

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