Arsenal mulling over defender’s January exit as boss bemoans squad strength

Arsenal are yet to decide whether to allow Cedric Soares to leave the club, with fellow Premier League club Fulham claimed to be eyeing a loan with an option to buy.

The Portuguese has found first-team football hard to come-by this term, with Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of him in the pecking order at right-back, and it seems logical that he would question his role in the side.

Despite the fact that the 31 year-old hasn’t started a single PL game this season, with his only start coming in the League Cup defeat at the hands of Brighton, our club is still claimed to be unsure whether to sign off on his departure, with the Standard quoting Mikel Arteta in describing his overall squad as ‘short’.

The only issue that I can see is the recurring injuries for both Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left, which has seen Tomiyasu move over to cover on the opposite flank, leaving us a little short of options. It could well be that we are considering our options within the club and out on loan for covering his role in the squad, or possibly considering entering into the market to bring in a younger alternative who could challenge for a role in the coming years.

Given Soares professional mentality, I feel like keeping him would actually be the best option. There is no point in leaving ourselves short, and recalling one of our loanees who are impressing elsewhere could be negating the effects of the initial loan deal where they were picking up important minutes. I don’t feel like we would 100% need the numbers in the squad, but it wouldn’t be the first time we left ourselves short by similar decisions before getting hit by injuries.

What do you think would be best for Arsenal FC? Does anyone believe Soares would kick up a fuss if we forced him to see out the season?


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  1. He should be let go. One of Raul Sanhelli, Edu and their superagent friend Kia deal.

    Had a chance to play when Tommi got injured and came up short. He’s paid 75k more than Saka, Saliba, Martenelli, Fabio and Nelson.

    Too expensive and not good to play at our level.

  2. Should only consider if Fulham is willing to pay over the odds, unlike the Leno deal, if not keep him until the summer when Norton Cuffy returns too and then sell him. We don’t want to leave ourselves short still got the Fa Cup and Europa still to play for.

  3. He is a 3rd choice RB on wages well over what he produces for the squad. He epitomizes slashing the wage bill to free up funds.

    His occasional good games don’t merit keeping a bench 3rd choice on such high wages. The club can free up the wage bill and make a few pounds in the process.

  4. first of all… he is not that useful by any sense
    even if we lose both White and Tomi, I’d rather play Saliba there ahead of him or better still
    why can’t we recall AMN from the saints?

  5. The problem is in the wages, if he sits he will have little to do than just bench warming I say outright sale no loan and option to buy bullshit that want be triggered.

    It is this same Fulham that got Leno for 8m which we will recoup that they stay in PL.

    They pay a few £££ and have him or get nothing.

  6. Lets cut to the chase! Soares should never have been brought in and would not have been but for that shady SANLLEHI.

    We need all the non good enough players clogging up our pay role to leave.
    Get him sold therefore ASAP.

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