Cedric Soares has had rotten luck with injuries since joining Arsenal in January but may be in with a chance to make his debut for the club in the FA Cup quarter-final at Sheffield United.
On June 24, it was announced the Portuguese right-back would sign permanently for the Gunners on a long-term deal after the expiration of his Southampton contract on June 30.
Cedric was unable to play when he first arrived at the club due to a knee injury only to have his debut delayed by the enforced three-month break and a facial injury sustained training in the buildup to Project Restart.
Now aiming to be in contention for Sunday’s [June 28] game, Arteta has outlined his view on Cedric and why the Gunners decided to sign him permanently.
“He’s been very unlucky since the day he joined us,” Arteta said ahead of the trip to Sheffield United.
“We signed the player because we were very short in that area period on that position [right-back], we haven’t been able to use him but we believe that a player with the market value he had, that he could add things we didn’t have in the squad.”
football.london understands Cedric has impressed in training and with Hector Bellerin’s form coming into question, this may serve as the perfect time for Arteta to put him in the side.
After their meeting with the Blades, Arsenal are scheduled to play five games between July 1 and 15, and Arteta has admitted that he will need to rotate his squad sooner rather than later.
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“We’ve been unfortunate because we’ve picked up a lot of injuries in the last few weeks,” the head coach said on preparing for the FA Cup.
“We need players to recover as well, they are playing every three days and the conditions in this hot climate are getting harder and harder so for sure, we are going to use some of the players from the last game but we will have to rotate some of them as well.
“I have to manage the squad in the best possible way because then it’s Wednesday, Saturday and then Wednesday again and the games are catching up and the players are still not in the best condition to compete.”