Arsenal defender determined to stay and fight for starting place

Cedric Soares will stay at Arsenal to fight for a place in the team despite the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna, according to reports.

Turkish side Fenerbahce have been linked with a move for the right-back but the player remains firmly committed to the Gunners.

This is according to football.london, who claim Sead Kolasinac is also a Fenerbahce target.



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However, the Bosnian’s move to the Super Lig outfit has fallen through over personal terms.

Cedric started Arsenal’s previous two Premier League matches – losses to Chelsea and Manchester City – as new signing Ben White has been out with Covid-19.

He gained plenty of critics for his performance against Man City, struggling both defensively and going forward.

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And now the 30-year-old is facing some fresh competition for a starting spot after the arrival of Tomiyasu.

Reports emerged on deadline day that Arsenal were “in talks” with the defender.

The negotiations advanced quickly as the Gunners were able to complete the signing before the deadline at 11pm on Tuesday.

In more right-back movement, Hector Bellerin completed a loan move to Real Betis after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

Cedric joined the north Londoners in January 2020 on loan from Southampton.

He was given a long-term contract in June, having made zero appearances for the club due to injury and the coronavirus pandemic.

The contract offer certainly raised a few eyebrows, but the Euro 2016 winner scored on his debut in a 4-0 win against Norwich City.

He went on to make 25 appearances in all competitions in his first full season at the Emirates; being left out of the squad or warming the bench on numerous occasions.

This lost Cedric his place in the Portugal squad for Euro 2020 and is now unlikely to be a starter under Arteta going forward this season.

Despite this, he will stay and fight for his place instead of seeking a move elsewhere.

The jury is out on Arsenal’s transfer window, with many believing the first team has not improved as there was a clear philosophy to bring in young players.

The Gunners signed Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard and Tomiyasu – who are all under the age of 24.

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