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Cedric Soares was close to joining Arsenal a year earlier than he did, before his loan to Inter Milan last January, according to the player himself.
Cedric Soares joined Arsenal in the January transfer window, though it took a while for him to make his debut. Just as he was recovering from his knee injury, football shut down completely. Then, right as it returned, he picked up a nasal fracture in training.
The defender says he actually could have made his debut over a year earlier, almost joining Arsenal in 2019. The Gunners wanted another full-back given Stephan Lichtsteiner’s poor form and Hector Bellerin’s injury.
“Last year, there was the possibility to come in January,” Cedric said. “It didn’t happen and I ended up going to Italy, but it was very clear this year that I could join in January and it was a very easy decision for me.
“I had another option for a move, but there was never any doubt when Arsenal appeared. It’s something I really wanted.”
It’s good to have an experienced alternative to Bellerin for these kinds of games. As well as Ainsley Maitland-Niles did when called upon, he clearly prefers to play infield. By comparison, Cedric is a right-back through and through.
A debut goal helped silence some of the doubters about the signing, but there’s a long way to go on his four-year deal. A start and a good result in at least one of the games this week would represent another positive step.