Arsenal star admits frustration with lack of playing time

Cedric Soares has told the press that he is ‘disappointed’ that he has not featured for Arsenal so far this season.

The Portuguese defender finds himself as the third-choice right-back at present, with Ben White having impressed since switching over the to the side to accommodate William Saliba this term.

Cedric actually started the new season with an injury, which hasn’t helped his bid for minutes, and while both Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko have struggled to remain fit also, Soares still remains unused up to this point.

The 31 year-old has spoken out about his disappointment, but insists that he remains focused on ‘working hard every day’ as he awaits his time.

“Of course, I am disappointed that I have not played yet this season,” Cedric said as quoted by Yahoo.

“I believe since I arrived at Arsenal I have been giving positive answers on the pitch every time I had the chance to play.

“I have been working hard every day, as this is the only way I know to get where you want to be.

“Of course, I want to play and I want to help the team to win and achieve its goals and I will grab the opportunity when I get it. I feel I am in great shape and I am always 100 percent ready to help the team.”

Cedric also insisted that he remains ‘totally committed’ to his role in the squad.

“I will always remain totally committed and I’ll be ready whenever I’m needed,” he added.

“I like to help the team in any way I can on and off the pitch and that’s important to me. Challenges are part of football and we have to understand that.”

There is no surprises here. Cedric has always remained professional on and off the pitch, and he knows that he has a challenge on his hands to break into the first-team squad, while the new threat of White to his minutes could well mean that he doesn’t touch pitch in the PL this term. Soares could well be in action in the Europa League soon though, given that we have already qualified to the next round of the competition with two matches to spare, and he will need to put in an impressive performance to give Arteta food for thought on playing him further.

Patrick

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10 Comments

  1. I feel a lot of sympathy for Cedric. He’s been fully professional throughout his time at Arsenal but he’s probably seeing the writing on the wall when a CB is playing in his RB role.

    All he can do, of course, is as he says – keep working, improving, hoping his time comes (due to his own performance, not injuries or someone else playing badly becasue that’s just wishing bad things onto the team).

    1. He came to Arsenal through the window. He himself said he told his agent Kia Joorabchan that he wanted to play for Arsenal. Kia then contacted his friend Raul Sanhelli who gave him a six months loan deal.

      The loan was then turned into 4yr deal at 75k a week. So he lobbied for the job without being recruited.

      He’s average and 4yrs for 29yr old is one of the bad things Edu and his friend Sanhelli did.

      He should think of leaving Arsenal because both Whyte and Tommi are better than him. The wages is good so he’ll wait on the bench till contract expires in 2024.

      1. Hi Howard
        I didn’t know that RS and Edu were mates or in cahoots. Sanhelli walked the plank due to his dodgy dealings and Edu is still at Arsenal

        1. Sue P, Once again the sensible voice of truth and reason! As well as being a debunker of foolish and false conspiracy theories!

      2. On the assumption that your assertion is true, yet another example of the damage done by Sanhelli during his costly period with Arsenal.Cedric seems a decent , dedicated professional ,and while he is capable going forward, he is not in the same class as Tomi or White defensively.Likely to be moved on next season if at all possible although his unjustifiable wages could make that difficult.

  2. Even in the Europa League, I can only see Mikel Arteta gives Cedric Soares a chance to play in our final group stage match at home against Zurich. But not at away against PSV where I am expecting Arteta to field a very strong Arsenal first XI starting team to win the match to the face of van Nistlerooy the PSV Coach. So that Arsenal will continue in their win win run in all competitions before the break for the Qarta 2022 World Cup begins. Which temporary halts all competitive global football playing from continuing until December 26th. When God’s willing, it’ll restart to continue in the case for Arsenal in particular and for others too in general.
    But in the meantime, and in their quest to continue with their win win run in the Epl this season after their Epl match loss at away to Man Utd. The Gunners should not take their beating of the reported understrengthed due to injuries Saints team for granted. So that they will avoid being rudely put to shock by the Saints in the match. Like Liverpool received a rude shock in their last Epl away match to Nottingham Forest last Saturday when they were beaten 1 nil.
    Therefore, the Gunners playing at St Mary’s against Southampton in the Epl in today’s Sunday afternoon match, should take the necessary steps needed to be taken to avert a similar loss that happened to Liverpool from happening to them. For, Hasen Hutti’s managed Saints team would not mind to steal a point in the match to help them ease their relegation worries from continuing.
    But which Arsenal should of course not allow such stealing of point by the Saints to happen to them in the match. As they continuing with their win win in all games run pedigree unabated this season. So that, that Man City’s colossal Ering Haaland lead striker attack team will not have a chance whatsoever to close the gap on Arsenal in the table. But if at all anything, let the gap be widening to the favour of Arsenal to always be sitting at the top of the League up to the break for the Fifa’s 2022 Mundial.

  3. Soares has the same problem that all players have, who are markedly inferior in standard to theirpositional rival teammates .
    He seems a good sort and is probably very popular in training.

    BUT, we are not running a popularity contest, nor can we afford to carry players into what increasingly looks like a real title challenge, who are frankly NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    If I sound brutal, it is not because I lack empathy, but fellow Gooners, we cannot have it both ways. Either we worry primarily about the human concerned OR we put the needs of our team and our club first.

    I KNOW WHAT I ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL PUT FIRST!

    I am known for calling myself a realist and this is IMO a prime example of REALISM!

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