Two sensible reasons why Arsenal prefers Cedric Soares over Layvin Kurzawa

Revealed: Two reasons why Arsenal is pursuing a move for Cedric Soares.

Arsenal is set to complete the loan signing of Southampton defender, Cedric Soares this week as they look to add a new defender to their ranks.

The Gunners have already signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo but Arteta is keen on Soares and he seems to be close to getting his man.

Soares has been permitted to talk to Arsenal regarding his loan move after the Gunners agreed to pay the Saints £1 million and cover his entire £65,000 per week wages.

The Portuguese star is expected to sign permanently in the summer when this loan expires, but he wasn’t the only player Arsenal looked at.

The Gunners also considered a move for PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa with the Frenchman recommended to Mikel Arteta by Edu.

However, Arteta vetoed the move Kurzawa and turned his attention to Soares instead, here are two reasons why, according to TeamTalk.

Arteta considers the fact that Soares has played in the Premier League for some time to be invaluable, the Gunners also consider Kurzawa too expensive as he takes more weekly salary than Soares does.

So, finance and Premier League experience make all the difference. Well, I cannot argue with that, to be honest. The club is being clever here from both perspectives and you have to put trust in Arteta to get this one right.

Arsenal is hoping to confirm Soares’ transfer by Friday, at the latest, so that he can have a chance to play for them over the weekend.


  1. Don’t think he’ll waltz straight into the team. Bellerin is the one in possession and Soares will be backup.
    Sensible business, although some would have preferred us to fork out £20-£40m for a player with no PL experience and no guarantee that he would fit into Mikel’s system.
    Upamecano who? Sounds like a building set I used to play with when I was a kid, with nuts and bolts and pieces of metal. Anyhow, let’s just give Mikel a chance to develop this team the way he wants to and not try to tell him who to buy at every opportunity. HE knows what he wants, not you or I.

    1. Soares loan would be good, because:

      – He has years of EPL experience
      – Arsenal coaches can assess him directly for several months. If he doesn’t cut it, we simply release him
      – A new RB is more required than a new LB. Because we already have two good LBs, whereas our RBs are still inconsistent

      1. 2 good LBs AND Saka who’s showing great potential there too! 🙂
        With Chambers gone for a while, it wouldn’t be ideal to only have to rely on Maitland-Niles who, although talented, isn’t a RB.
        Good safe business to bring Soares!

        1. I hate it when people use the word “talented” carelessly. Maitland Niles couldn’t make right back his own and you think he would make it in midfield? Do you really see him displacing anyone in midfield now and in future? That word should be for players with real talent.

      2. I have to agree that to move for Cedric is positive. I think he is good defensive full back cover. I don’t think he is a good wingback, because his forte is only quickly closing down wingers. For certain games he will be very useful, patticularly against teams who put us under pressure. IMHO.

  2. It’s pretty obvious what the reason was…we only have one natural RB (Bellerin), who isn’t great, and has fitness issues.

    1. It was not the reason why we buying a right-back that is the subject but the reason why Soares and not Kurzawa so not so obvious my friend.

      1. It is obvious though, because Kurzawa isn’t a RB. It’s position related, not anything else. Saka is doing so well at LB, so no one new was needed in that position.

  3. Arteta is making sensible decisions not just going for the most costly..this will help in the long run if it works out so I for one sincerely hope and pray it does..GOOD LUCK MIKEL

  4. Shouthampton coach has confirmed cedric soares will move out and he also said its better for the both party,saint as already loan kyle walker peters from totenham so i think its left to us now and am sure the deal should be done between now and 6pm on friday,soares will be a good singning when you concider his experience he has played for portugal national team he won european cup with them and also he wont need time to adapt since he’s already a ready made premier league player and most of all we dont have to pay lot of money to get him and his wages also are cosiderable and another plus is that he can play both right back and left back and he can also play as a wing back so he can easily cover as our left back and give saka the opportunity to play his natural left wing or comes in for pepe and when one of kolasinac and tierney are back he can be back up for bellerin or even chalenge him to make the team more solid and that will free m.niles to chalenge in midfield or somewhere else that will suit him more

  5. I’m glad we got him.
    We needed a RB more than a LB
    LB we have Tierney and Kolsanic
    RB we have Bellerin
    Niles and Chambers aren’t good enough

    So happy we got him

  6. Arteta being frugal with the money shouldn’t surprise anyone. He learnt from the best.😂

    As long as these signings work for him and deliver the goods, who are we to complain?

    1. He don’t have any other option tbh. Club is waiting till the next summer to have some serious business I guess.

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