Cedric Soares could leave Arsenal without making a single appearance

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first_img Comment Cedric Soares joined Arsenal on loan from Southampton in January (Picture: Getty)Cedric Soares could leave Arsenal without having a played a single match for his current club amid a contract stand-off. The experienced Portugal international joined the Gunners on loan from Southampton in January. Soares passed a medical despite a pre-existing knee injury and although he is closing in on a return to full fitness his short-term future remains uncertain.Soares’ current contract expires at the end of the month when he is due to return to his parent club. The coronavirus pandemic means the current season has been extended to the end of July but the full-back is yet to sign a deal that would cover him for that period. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 28-year-old returned to first team training last week wearing a protective mask but he failed to feature in either of the recent friendlies against Charlton and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTSoares was orginially signed as cover for Hector Bellerin who had struggled to recapture his best form following nearly a year out with a knee injury. Mikel Arteta was forced to play Sokratis Papastathopoulos as a makeshift right-back on occasion with Ainsley Maitland-Niles having dropped down the pecking order. Advertisement Advertisement Cedric Soares could leave Arsenal without making a single appearance Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 10:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Cedric Soares was signed as cover for Hector Bellerin (Picture: Getty)According to Goal, Arsenal paid Southampton a loan fee of just under £1million for Soares and agreed to cover his wages, believed to be around £65,000 a week, for the rest of the campaign.At the time of signing the right-back, Gunners technical director Edu said: ‘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.’Arsenal are not the only club faced with this predicament. At Chelsea both Pedro and Willian are hesitant to sign short-term deals and risk injury which would jeopardise a future transfer, while at Bournemouth Ryan Fraser, who has been offered to Arsenal, is following suit.MORE: Bernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clashMORE: Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester Citylast_img

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