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Mikel Arteta impressed with ‘really good’ Arsenal defender

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Mikel Arteta impressed with ‘really good’ Arsenal defender

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has suggested to Football London that he has been delighted with the attitude of Cedric Soares.

The 29-year-old started his first Premier League match of the campaign against Newcastle earlier this week.

He has been forced to wait patiently behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order but claimed an assist during the 3-0 win.

The £75,000-a-week will hope to keep his place as Arsenal face his former club Southampton in the FA Cup this weekend.

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Arteta has been impressed with the Portuguese performer despite his lack of regular football.

He told Football London: “The best thing with Cedric is the way he takes his profession, the way he trains and the way he prepares himself.

“He’s always fit to compete even when not playing for many parts of the season. When he had to play 120 minutes the other night, he was completely ready, and I think he had a really good game.

 

“When I see someone behaving like he’s done in training I just want to reward this kind of behaviour and these kinds of players. Cedric has done that for sure.”

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You have to say that he probably has with his performances.

He has looked assured during his return to action and that will certainly offer food for thought for Arteta.

Bellerin has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium for quite some time now and a departure remains a possibility.

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All Cedric can do is stay professional and continue grasping his chances with both hands when they come along.

Given Arteta’s latest comments it looks as though the 33-time international is a positive influence on the training ground and that should bode well.

Cedric is a pretty consistent performer and he’s proving a decent addition to the Gunners ranks.

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