Arsenal defender Cedric Soares has reportedly joined the membership’s ever-growing harm listing forward of the north London derby this weekend (October 1) in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur.
In accordance with Soccer.London, the right-back has picked up a knock that can hold him out for 2 weeks. Cedric had solely simply returned from an harm lay-off which stored him out of the video games in opposition to Brentford and FC Zurich earlier than the worldwide break.
The 31-year-old defender is but to play a minute this season as a consequence of relentless harm issues, having performed 26 occasions final time period.
Cedric has confronted elevated competitors at right-back with the likes of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu. This may make it troublesome for Cedric to get sport time even when he returns to full health.
The Portugal worldwide has joined an more and more worrying harm listing, with Mikel Arteta having a number of different first-team gamers doubtlessly miss Saturday’s derby.
Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zichenko and Emile Smith Rowe are all doubts for the sport, with the latter of the 2 each lacking from the 3-0 win over Brentford. In the meantime, Kieran Tierney returned early from worldwide obligation after struggling a knock.
Pundit urges Arsenal to signal Thomas Partey alternative in January
Gabby Agbonlahor has dubbed it unusual that Arsenal did not signal one other central midfielder in the summertime. Partey has suffered quite a few harm issues throughout his time on the Emirates Stadium since becoming a member of from Atletico Madrid in 2020.
In the meantime, Granit Xhaka has a historical past of suspensions.
That leaves Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny as choices in midfield.
Former England ahead Agbonlahor believes Arsenal’s lack of midfield signings might come again to value them, as he instructed Soccer Insider:
“Sure. Arsenal may look in January and suppose, ‘you realize what, we’re third within the league, we’re second within the league, we’ve bought a extremely good likelihood this season of ending within the prime 4’ they usually should exit and get one.”
“Their followers have been very upset on the finish of the window after they didn’t get one. Thomas Partey is at all times getting accidents, he’s very harm susceptible. Xhaka’s been excellent, Lokonga continues to be up and coming however they want another.”
Agbonlahor believes that Arsenal might want to signal a midfielder within the January switch window. He stated:
“It was unusual that they didn’t fill that place. Particularly after they know Thomas Partey isn’t going to play numerous video games this season as a result of he’s at all times injured. They should positively get one in through the January window.”