Arsenal Fans React to Cedric Soares Signing

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 4:05pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Arsenal have left their dealings late this January window, but have now confirmed their second signing in three days.

 After announcing on the arrival of Flamengo centre back Pablo Mari on Wednesday, the Gunners confirmed their newest recruit - Southampton right back Cedric Soares.

In what may be a surprising move to some, Arteta’s second signing as Arsenal boss is a 28-year-old full-back from a mid-table Premier League outfit on loan. Not the most exotic of acquisitions, but the Spaniard will know Arsenal’s business has to be smarter than it has been in recent years.

The reported breakdown of the deal will see Arsenal pay a loan fee totalling £5 million pounds to Southampton until Cedric becomes a free agent in the summer when his Saints contract runs out.

Whilst the move has divided the Gunners fanbase, many see Cedric signature will have a positive impact on Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Mainland-Niles has had to operate as a makeshift right back whilst Hector Bellerin nursed his major knee injury, and the 22-year-old did impress there.

However, Maitland-Niles made no secret of his desire to play in his natural position in midfield. Cedric’s arrival will give him the chance to do that, whilst the former Saints right-back will presumably operate as Hector Bellerin’s deputy.

Arsenal’s defensive frailties are no secret, so any kind of addition to their back-line comes in with immense pressure to tighten things up.

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