Mikel Arteta says the conditions were right to recruit Cedric Soares from Southampton and he’s backed the new boy to make an impact.
The boss has stressed throughout January that the club will only make purchases that improve the squad.
With that in mind, it’s a little surprising that we committed ourselves to the recruitment of a back-up right-back but Arteta seems pleased.
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At his weekly press conference, he explained: “The player has big experience, he’s played in different countries, he’s played in this league. He know what it means. He’s been very willing to go to another top club.
“He has the desire and the commitment. I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring.
“They were the right conditions for us to try and improve the squad.”
Earlier in the day, Edu said: “Cedric is a defender with good experience of the Premier League, and of course at international level.
“He is another strong addition to our defensive unit who will provide our squad with quality.
“I know he is a player who plays with absolute full commitment and energy. We are all looking forward to going into the last stages of the season with Cedric as part of the club.”
We’ll be curious to see how many games Cedric gets between now and the end of the season. It sounds like he’ll have to wait for a debut though due to an injury. We love signing injured players in January, don’t we?
“They were assessing him yesterday and we will have more results today, but he’s got a little issue,” confirmed Arteta. “I don’t think he will be available to play [on Sunday].”