Following the conclusion of the transfer window in England, clubs, including Arsenal, found themselves in a position where their hopes of reinforcing their squads were dashed as the deadline passed.
The Gunners, in particular, were unable to secure replacements for their injured players, causing frustration among fans and management alike due to the late exits of some players at the end of the summer transfer window.
Now, with the transfer window closed, some clubs are turning their attention to free agents who have yet to find a club. Arsenal, too, have an option in the form of Cedric Soares if the need arises.
While Arsenal won’t be making any external signings, Cedric Soares could provide an unexpected bonus.
Despite no significant offers to lure him away from the club, it appears that the Portuguese international will remain with Arsenal at least until the January transfer window.
One silver lining for Cedric’s availability is Jurrien Timber’s injury.
Had Cedric left and Arsenal failed to bring in a replacement, their depth at right-back would have been even more precarious than it is currently.
Although Cedric may not be at the same level as some of Arsenal’s star players like Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu, he has been praised for his contributions off the field and his experience within the squad.
It’s worth noting that he was signed by the current coach, which adds to his value.
Cedric’s willingness to play for Arsenal’s Under-21 team last year when he wasn’t getting many minutes in preseason was commended by manager Mikel Arteta.
This demonstrated his positive attitude and commitment to the club.
Arteta explained Cedric’s inclusion with the youth side, saying, “With Cedric, it was more a case of giving him the option.
He wasn’t in the squad last week, he hasn’t played many minutes in pre-season. We have to give the option for them.
He said straight away that he wanted to play, and you can see the attitude that he has.”
Whether Cedric will repeat such a move this season remains uncertain.
The Premier League 2 system has undergone significant changes this year, with two divisions merging into one with a Swiss-style format over 20 game weeks.
Whether there’s room or reason for Cedric in this new setup remains to be seen, especially with promising young players like Reuell Walters vying for opportunities at the senior level.
Only time will tell how the situation unfolds.