Paraguayan international Cardozo joins Arsenal
Oscar Cardozo has joined Arsenal on a four year deal.
Cardozo, 29, joins Arsenal from Benfica where he made a total of 135 appearances in five years.
During his time at the club he won the Portuguese Premier League once and the Portuguese League cup three times.
The striker has been been a target for former Arsenal manager and director of football, Arséne Wenger who himself said: " Oscar is a very good player with incredible talent. He is very underrated which is not very good but hopefully during his time at Arsenal he will show everyone the quality he possesses."
"While I was a manager, I had said we were working very hard to try and bring in top quality player to the club, players that will actually add something. It is not only me involved in transfers, its the whole club, we have all worked hard to get this transfer done and we can be proud."
Meanwhile, Dragan himself had some words about the signing of Cardozo, he said:
"This is a brilliant signing for the team, Oscar is a fantastic footballer and
a great striker, we are very lucky to have him at the club. We welcome him here.
I believe that he will score goals and will have a good relationship with all
the other players in the team. We hope has a successful time here at Arsenal."
Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis said: "This is yet again, another exciting day
for the club. We have once again have attracted and signed a world class in my opinion to
the club. Credit must got to Dragan and Arséne who worked extremely hard to get this
deal done. We welcome Oscar to the club and we look forward to seeing him play here."
"Mr Kroenke, our controlling owner, has always fully supported Arsène, now Dragan and the Club in making significant investments to strengthen our squad and to bring in talented players who fit our style and ambitions. Despite what people have thought, he wants the best for the club."
"Like all of us, Mr Kroenke wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and he has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that. We will continue to work towards that goal and look forward to an exciting season. Everyone wants to see Arsenal succeed and do well."
Back in 2003, Cardozo joined his hometown side 3 de Febrero CE but had an unsuccessful time there. One year later he joined another team in his home nation, Nacional, where he made a total of 63 appearances and scored 29 goals over two years. In July 2006 he joined Club Atletico Newell's Old Boys. Here he made a total of 33 appearances scoring 21 goals. After some impressive displays he was signed by Benfica for 5.5 million where has impressed in Europe.
Speaking after completing his medical at London Colney Cardozo said:
"I am very happy, a day I will never forget. This is a big step up but I know I can do well here at Arsenal. It is a dream come true to sign for Arsenal and I will not them down."
Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Oscar Cardozo to the club. The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. His number will be announced via @Arsenal on Twitter shortly.