Another Arsenal fringe player has no wish to leave – “Always my dream club”

Mikel Arteta has made it clear that, having secured a good amount of our incoming transfer targets, it is now time to start thinning out the squad, which has grown drastically over the summer with our new signings and our returning loanees.

We already know that Arteta has given a contract extension to Mo Elneny, who everyone expected to leave, and Rob Holding doesn’t sound like he expected to be leaving any time soon, and now we have the Portugese defender Cedric Soares making it clear that he has no desire to leave his “dream club”.

“Arsenal was always my dream club since I started to play in Southampton,” Cedric told ESPN. “I always had the goal to move to Arsenal, and this didn’t change.

“Of course you are more happy when you are involved.

“Being involved here in a massive club like this, with the project we have and the goals the team is fighting for, I want to be here.

“I feel much more established. I feel I earned my space inside the group and I want to keep growing.”

The reason he became “more established” is because of the ongoing injury problems to Tomiyasu, and unless Arteta surprises us with a new backup, Cedric could be playing quite a lot again this coming season. He continued: “In football, you need to be patient but the key is how you prepare yourself,”

“I kept training well even when I was not an option. This is how I grew up and this is how I was taught. This is what helped me to have a great run of games and give a good answer to the manager and the team.”

He cemented the idea that he is a contented to be a team player, and you cannot help but admire his attitude after he was asked if he expected to keep his place even if Tomiyasu recovers from his injury problems. He said: “There is never a guarantee in football,” Cedric said.

“I never had a coach that guaranteed me my position so I don’t expect that. I expect always a fight for the position but the success of the collective is most important. Of course, we kind of challenge each other on the pitch during the week but at the weekend we are together helping each other, talking about the opponent we face.”

The fact is that he performed consistently in the second half of last season, without being spectacular, which is why some Just Arsenal readers don’t think he is quality enough, but surely as a backup player he is an excellent option?

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10 Comments

  1. Cedric is a good back up for now and he has proved that, unless another player comes in, but still he stays put. This season our players are playing in Europe, EPL, FA, Carabbao and not forgetting (international breaks and the FIFA World Cup which is on the ORIZONE).
    We don’t have to subject our main players to burnout like we did to Saka last season, so a big squard is a must.

  2. Another fringe player? Cedric could very well be the main man at RB this season if the fragile and injury-prone Tomiyasu doesn’t step up to the plate.

    1. Say so when he let in the goals. Spurs and POOL games spring to mind. Arsenal fans are forgetful. He came here from the bench of Southampton injured and on loan. Six months later, Raul, Edu and friend Kia managed to turn it into permanent for 4 years and 75k a week. He’s not going anywhere, He’s never had such wages before, average but his pocket is full. In fact I prefer AMN at RB than him.

      1. @Howard The bigger problem is we failed as a club – for over 10 long years – to find a suitable replacement for Sagna at RB. The long list of failed RB candidates include: Bellerin, Jenkinson, Debuchy, Lichtsteiner, Callum Chambers. We’ve probably wasted more money at RB than any other position. And this is the easiest position to fill.

        1. Bellerin was good until he became a vegan activist.. Guess the lack of meat affected his physical ability because he lost his pace and dribbling skills

  3. We need another good player not Cedric. We are in Europa Cup & we need to win it. We also need to qualify for Champion’s League & all this require a strong team.

  4. No he is not excellent and not even adequate , even as a back up player.

    IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT MAKING REAL PROGRESS, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE SUCH MEDIOCRE PLAYERS , EVEN AS BACK UP .

    That has to be said. Likewise with such as Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerin and all the other proven not remotely good enough players who we need GONE. REALITY!

  5. Cedric is a more than adequate back up in my book but with Saliba back in the squad with White as well, who are both far better, either of these two can deputise for Tomiyasu so Cedric will be 3rd choice.

  6. I dont consider him fringe and think he gets a lot of unnecessary flack. He’ll get gametime this season for sure

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