Cedric Soares has opened up on being an Arsenal fan long before he joined the club.
The Portuguese full-back is one of the first players that Arsenal signed under Mikel Arteta.
He joined the Gunners initially on loan from Southampton before signing a permanent deal as a free agent at the end of the 2019/2020 campaign.
Soares has struggled to be a regular at the Emirates since he joined the club, but he might remain at the Emirates for a long time after revealing he has been a fan since Arsene Wenger days.
“I knew all the players at the time, when they were champions with [Robert] Pires, [Thierry] Henry and this fantastic team. So, there was always this feeling for Arsenal.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
It is a good thing that Soares has been following the club long before now, but as a player, all that matters is his performance on the pitch.
Better players have rightly overtaken the Portuguese full-back in the pecking order.
No matter how much he loves Arsenal as a club, if he is interested in playing football, he should look to leave.
He would hardly bench Takehiro Tomiyasu in the foreseeable future, and Arteta could even field Ainsley Maitland-Niles ahead of him in some Arsenal matches.
It would be interesting to see if he stays on the bench and runs down his current deal at the Emirates or asks to leave soon.