Have Arsenal pinpointed the replacement for Cedric Soares if he moves to Fulham?

Is Arsenal’s right back position in need of reinforcement?

Sport Witness seeks to answer that question, citing Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, in which they claim Arteta has his sights set on Sporting Lisbon right back Pedro Porro. Arteta apparently sees the 23-year-old as a perfect fit for his project.

There are rumours that Cedric Soares is possibly moving on so Ben White will only have Tomiyasu as a backup, so this could make sense.

Apparently, “Arsenal, meanwhile, have the Spaniard ‘referenced’, as Mikel Arteta ‘likes his characteristics’, as his playing style matches the Gunners’ game,” writes Sport Witness.

Porro may be what Arteta desires for his project, but getting him may be more difficult than wanting him. To begin with, Antonio Conte reportedly has Spurs interested in the former Manchester City player.

Second, as is their custom during the transfer window, Chelsea wants to compete with Arsenal for him.

Third, Sporting is adamant that they will not do business with the Spaniard unless his €45 million release clause is activated.

Arsenal can easily claim Porro as their own if they are the first to come up with €45 million.

With the fullback having previously played for Manchester City, are we overthinking it to believe Arteta can get himself a winner, given how Zinchenko and Jesus have transformed the Gunners into winners?

Perhaps Arteta knows him from his time at the Etihad? Could this rumour have legs?

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7 Comments

  1. I don’t really know much about the lad but if he was at city, then maybe he understands the rigorous nature of the Premier league and he is a good player only that he could not break into the world’s best team but it’s understandable as the benchwarmers at city are delivering at the Emirates and are going strong pushing the other players and going for the title they are used to winning.

  2. Surely Cedric is not wanted because he’s surplus to requirements and as you said, we have Tomiyasu and White to cover right back, Zinchenko and Tierney for the left back position, so why a third right back? This silly rumour doesn’t make sense, especially as spurs and Chelsea want him as their number one choice, not as a backup.

  3. We don’t need replacement
    2 RB whyte and Tommy
    2LB Tierney and Zink

    We don’t need more than 2 RBs. Soares is a luxury we don’t need. Average. He’s here because Raul and Edu and their friend agent Kia managed to smuggle him on the Arsenal squad.

  4. What do you mean ‘only Tomi as back-up’ ?
    Does that imply we should have a squad of 33 first teamers? The academy,in my opinion,should provide the third player if needed.Otherwise what’s the need of developing players in the academy if they can never get a chance a play in the first team?

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