Although he’s had some previous experience of playing left-back, Cedric Soares admits the last few weeks have been ‘different’ for him, as he filled in for Kieran Tierney.
Having barely played in the Premier League all season, he’s now made six successive starts deputising for the Scottish international, and he says he’ll play wherever he’s needed in order to help the team.
Although Tierney has travelled to Rome as the Gunners prepare to face Benfica in the Europa League, it remains to be seen if he’ll get the nod after just returning to training, so the Portuguese international may be in line to start again.
Asked about his time at left-back, Cedric said, ” It’s quite a different experience.
“Of course I did it before and I played there for Southampton in a few games. It’s a little bit different than playing on the back but when you play at this capacity it’s about adapting.
“The coach needs me there so we need to be prepared for that. That’s what I try to do, to be ready for it and to be prepared to adapt my qualities to this position, and help the team achieve the best result that we can get.”
Soares was brought in as cover for right-back, and he believes that he can challenge Hector Bellerin for that position when Tierney does get back to full fitness.
“If I believed that I wasn’t going to play then I wouldn’t be in football,” he said.
“I came to Arsenal to help. We need to look at things like this and I’m always available to play in whichever position the coach needs me to.”
“I will be ready to fight for any position the coach believes I can help the team in.