Arsenal are fearful that the injury picked up by Kieran Tierney just before halftime of the disappointing defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday could keep him out of action for several weeks, according to Charles Watts of Goal.com.
During Arsenal’s emphatic 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday Night Football, many fans were happy to see that Cedric Soares was given a chance to shine in the starting XI. Regardless of whether or not he becomes a regular fixture in the line-up, it was interesting to see Mikel Arteta take a different stance on how he approached the game – and especially how he approached the second half after going into half-time at 0-0.
During an interview with Arsenal.com, Soares spoke about the game and his own performance.
Cedric Soares arrived to Arsenal on an initial loan on the last day of January, but injuries and the Covid-19 outbreak prevented him from making his debut for the club for five months.
His chance finally came as he stepped onto the pitch to play the last 13 minutes against Norwich City, and he was an instant hit, adding the fourth goal in a 4-0 triumph. He has been looking very good since, providing a welcome alternative to Hector Bellerin on the right flank.
David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and Dani Ceballos have all agreed deals to remain at Arsenal, the club have officially confirmed.
There has been much debate over the future of David Luiz in recent months. Long after it was reported that his commitment to Arsenal on arrival from Chelsea last summer was set to keep him at Emirates for two years, it transpired that the deal was actually for one year with the club having the option to extend it for one more. The option expired, but head coach Mikel Arteta was apparently keen to keep hold of the experienced Brazilian past this summer.
Arsenal are yet to agree a contract extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as a loan extension for Cedric Soares to enable him to finish the season at the Emirates, according to reports.
Aubameyang is probably the hottest subject regarding the Gunners and their potential transfers. The captain is under contract until next summer, and plenty of speculative reports have suggested that his decision on whether to extend the deal would depend on whether Mikel Arteta’s team manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Meanwhile, the club are believed to planning to sell him this summer if an agreement cannot be found, in order to avoid losing him for free.
Arsenal are set to resume the Premier League season when they take on Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday, following the winter break which reportedly did the team a lot of good. Be that as it may, head coach Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of the game and provided some updates on the situation with injured players.
Left-back Kieran Tierney, who hurt his shoulder by falling awkwardly in the West Ham clash back in December, has been ruled out and will likely need a few weeks more. It was confirmed that he was back in training in Dubai, but it was restricted to strictly non-contact work which obviously means his shoulder is still too sensitive for him to play.
Arsenal have been struggling much with fitness issues lately, especially in the defensive department. Calum Chambers it our for the rest of the season. Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have both been out recently, forcing Mikel Arteta to utilize young winger Bukayo Saka on the left defensive flank – but Saka picked up a knock too in the goalless draw away at Burnley last week. Even the newly signed Cedric Soares came from Southampton injured. Forward Reiss Nelson has now joined them all in the treatment room.
Arsenal are heading for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai during the winter break from games, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The team will officially fly out on Thursday, and until then the players have been given leave to go wherever they want and do whatever takes their fancy, providing they are at the base in Dubai by Thursday evening and ready to start training on Friday morning.
The change of scenery comes from manager Mikel Arteta’s idea to get his players to bond and continue working in a relaxed atmosphere. To that end, the boss has suggested the players take their wives, children or girlfriends with them, and one evening he will organize a get-together for an informal dinner for all of them.
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton.
It seems the Gunners are finally getting a their priorities right when it comes to signing new players. Last summer, they did sign William Saliba and Kieran Tierney, but while Saliba is widely considered too young to make immediate impact and under the terms of the deal, has been loaned back to Lille, Tierney has been mostly prevented from making a contribution towards the stabilization of the defence by injuries. The main talking point of the window was once again an attacking player as the club forked out £72 million for Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Southampton fullback Cedric Soares in recent days, and it seems a deal is indeed on the cards. The player has informed the club of his wish to leave, and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed he would be allowed to go.
Soares joined the Saints from Sporting Lisbon in 2015 for €7 million and has been on their books since, but he spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan. This term, he has played in 19 games in total, of which 16 in the Premier League, scoring a single goal and assisting one as well. He was a regular member of the starting XI until he suffered a knee injury which he is still recovering from.