According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have made a move for Cedric Soares. With the German-born full-back’s contract running out in the summer, it could be a shrewd move from Arteta and co, who look to capitalise on depreciation in value.
Nevertheless, Cedric is still a good player. Here’s what he may bring to the Gunners…
Cedric Soares: Style of Play
On loan at Inter Milan for the second half of last season, Cedric Soares struggled to really make an impact for I Nerrazzuri, featuring only four times. Despite this, Cedric is still a decent player, seen positively by the Southampton faithful.
An attacking full-back with defensive nous, Cedric is capable of delivering dangerous balls into the area. This is crucial in Arteta‘s system, where the full-backs are asked a lot at both ends of the pitch. Low crosses, in particular, are key. Comfort on the ball is also important and Cedric has that in abundance, averaging upwards of 35 passes per game (WhoScored).
What is also impressive about the Portuguese defender is his actual defensive strengths. Averaging 2.8 tackles per game in his 16 games this season is a solid figure, showing his willingness to get stuck in and stop the cross. Something Arsenal do get caught out on.
However, Soares’ injury history is rather bleak. A total of 227 days missed with injury, can Arsenal really risk another Debuchy-type? Good when they play, but they just don’t play.
With Southampton recently acquiring Kyle Walker-Peters on loan from Tottenham, it signals the end of Cedric’s time at the Saints. Arsenal is a really good step up for the former Sporting man, who will be eyeing to displace Hector Bellerin from the starting eleven.
On the other hand, maybe Cedric is brought in as backup to Bellerin, allowing the multi-talented Ainsley Maitland-Niles to come into midfield. This is his preferred position and would certainly sure up Arsenal’s options. No more Mustafi at right-back.
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