Opinion: Arsenal wasted £5M but it is time to cut the cord

Cedric Soares joined Arsenal on loan in January, despite being injured, and with only a week left to decide whether to extend his stay in North London, I believe we should let him go.

The right-back is yet to feature for our first-team since joining the club, nor has he made the bench or been selected to take part in any of our friendly warm-up games ahead of the restart.

The DailyEcho claims that Arsenal paid a £3.5 Million loan fee with the Saints to bring Cedric in, as well as having paid him £1.5 Million in wages.

Premier League clubs have until June 23 to agree temporary deals for players to see out the remainder of the campaign, and we have so far failed to agree to keep Soares beyond his current deal, which would see him not only leave the club at the end of his loan, but he will also become a free agent on June 30.

Arsenal have a fully fit Hector Bellerin going into the restart, as well as having used Sokratis at right-back before the Coronavirus pandemic kicked in, while Calum Chambers is also believed to have returned to training who was impressing at right-back under former boss Unai Emery this term.

The latter’s return to fitness is a huge boost to our side, as an option at right-back or in the centre, and I simply do not see why we should continue with Soares.

We also Jordi Osie-Tutu impressing on loan in Germany’s second division at present, and Mikel Arteta may need to have a closer look at him ahead of the new season.

Does Soares offer anything to our side at present? With Chambers and Bellerin fit, would he really get a look-in this term?

Patrick

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25 Comments

  1. Thomo says:

    I believe soares is a good player it was through sheer misfortune of covid 19 and also injury that we did not see him ,he is an established Portuguese international and I feel he offers alot more than chambers who I see as someone who just fills a gap

  2. Durand says:

    He’s a better option than Sokratis or Chambers, and hopefully better defender than Bellerin.

    1. Declan says:

      There was no loan fee, just his wages.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    I would keep him until the season ends, and use him. Bellerin has been awful at RB for a long time now, and is our only recognized RB.

  4. Shakir says:

    I think we went for cedric (eventhough he was injured at the time )because we dont have a good reliable RB.

    Bellerin has never been impressive since his return maybe apart from that goal vs chelsea.His massive strength was his pace and that has to come back if not AMN was doing a better job than him though he was not a natural RB.
    Sokratis is not going to offer you anything going forward and is not very good as a defender either but he is a better defender than bellerin.

    Its going to be sterling/bernado silva/gabriel playing against one of our RBs.All 3 of them are pretty tricky and has pace.Very good on 1V1.

    The RB we are going to put has to be very smart tomorrow or it will be that flank we will get punished from….
    And the list of clever smart players in our squad is very long…🙄😂🙄

  5. Kev82 says:

    If Soares is fit, throw him in tomorrow night, we’re expected to be slaughtered anyway and Bellerin is hardly Mr reliable.

    1. Sue says:

      Kev.. it’s been 101 days since our game against the hammers!! I can’t believe it’s almost here!!
      Looks like Bayern will clinch the title tonight… oh and Eastenders has finished until later in the year 🥺

      1. Kev82 says:

        Yeah I don’t know what I was watching Sue but it kept repeating the german league table over and over again 😂😂 god, has it been that long ? And we complain about the international break 😂 yeah I read that earlier Sue it must be the same with all soaps 😯

        1. Sue says:

          The wait is over, Kev!! 😉😀

          1. Kev82 says:

            Yeah Sue definitely is 😁 your daughter will be tuning in later too ? 😯

  6. Reggie says:

    This “deal” highlights Arsenals transfer problems in a nutshell and just shows why we are in such a financial mess. Yet another loan that has cost this club fortunes for little or no return. Our transfer dealings in the last decade and a bit have been an absolute disgrace and that is why we have slipped to where we are as a club in every single way, today. Our transfer deals have been an absolute joke and that is what we are as a club. The decision making at this club has been an absolute disgrace and Arsenal football club is a sham of a club. Well done all who have been involved, i am sure you are proud.

    1. SueP says:

      Reggie
      I’m with you but I’d have hoped without Covid he may have done ok?? After he recovered!

      1. Reggie says:

        Sue, i am sure you are right, it will be interesting what happens tonight, regards him.

        1. Reggie says:

          Not even in squad tonight Sue.

  7. Wenger91 says:

    Give him a chance and then decide, please.

  8. AY75 says:

    He didn’t even get the chance to play mostly due to the pandemic, and you’ve marked him as bad business….. that’s harsh. I don’t think it’s fair that we’d have to pay an additional fee to keep him for the rest of the season though, loan deals that had been completed before the hiatus are supposed to be rendered inactive while football was suspended, and then become active again after the break. Well, I don’t make the rules.
    I feel we’ll pay to extend his stay, and if turns out better than Bellerin, we should just make his stay permanent

  9. Shakir says:

    OT
    I saw some reports that xhaka is struggling with an injury and may not be in contention for the game…

  10. Sue says:

    It’s match day!!!!!! 🤩😃🥳 COYG

  11. Sue says:

    Looks like we’re wearing the third kit tonight – pictures all over twitter of it with support of the NHS and BLM on it 👏 I am sooooo excited…….

  12. Charles says:

    I think we should consider Cedric, a smart baller, he’s a great defender than our whole defense line, i remember when Southampton beat arsenal 4-0, Cedric was so superb. He should be signed permanently in my opinion

    1. Uchman says:

      Abeg which year was that? U mean a bench warmer @ a relegation threatened club should be our messiah?

  13. blue17 says:

    Is there supposed to be any other option than to sign him??? We have a player with international caps and premier league experience available to us for free in the next transfer window. We are strapped for cash and you think Soares is bad business? Isnt he better than buying another flop from French league for millions? He’s better at defending than our only recognised RB, so what more do you want? Bottom line, Keep him.

    1. Uchman says:

      Luiz is also an international player with massive EPL experience! U guys r funny for real!

  14. Val says:

    pretty sure he’s a free agent at the end of the season.

  15. Kieron Blandford says:

    I like Cedric a good signing I thought.
    I believe hes a free agent now so sign him permanently. Weve no decent cover on that side for bellerin and hector hasn’t been himself anyway since returning.
    Absolute no brainer to keep him for me.
    What makes it look worse is the covid situation but that’s not his fault.

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