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BBC pundit wowed by Arsenal player who's 'gone under the radar' for so long

Arsenal defender Cedric Soares has been singled out for praise by BBC Sport pundit Alan Hutton.

On Saturday, the Gunners right-back once again started – and shone – for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been missing for the last few weeks, and Cedric has seized his chance in the meantime.

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The 30-year-old has started in each of Arsenal’s last seven Premier League games.

Of those, the Gunners have won six, with the only defeat coming against title challengers Liverpool.

Saturday saw Arsenal return to winning ways following their midweek loss to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Arteta’s charges ran out 1-0 winners at Aston Villa, with Bukayo Saka scoring the winner for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Cedric played his part in helping Arsenal secure a clean sheet.

He looked good defensively for the most part and showed some great play in the first half especially.

Hutton, commentating on BBC Radio 5 Live, spoke highly of the Arsenal unsung hero (19/3/22, 12:45).

“[Cedric Soares] has done really well, but he’s gone under the radar because of Tomiyasu,” he said.

“When you are going for the European spots and trying to challenge, you need competition for places.

“He knows the style of play, he knows what Arteta wants. He’s a good deputy for Tomiyasu.”

Cedric has also fought his way back into the Portugal fold for some incredibly important games.

The Euro 2016 champions will host Turkey in a World Cup play-off semi-final on March 24.

The winner of that clash takes on either Italy or North Macedonia five days later for a place in Qatar.

On Thursday, the Portugal team was announced, and Cedric made the cut.

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