One of Mikel Arteta’s most recent acquisitions has spoken in awe of the Gunners and revealed how much he ‘sympathised with Arsenal’ prior to his north London switch. 

With Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac all struggling to stay fit, the Gunners were forced to invest in the transfer market during the January window.

That saw new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta move to secure the services of Cedric Soares, who joined the Gunners from Southampton on a season-long loan deal.

With Arsenal seemingly back in the hunt for a spot in the top four of the Premier League, Soares was expected to play a part in the team’s resurgence under Arteta right away.

However, due to the current outbreak which has seen the season get placed on hold, the 28-year-old is yet to make his first appearance for Arsenal ever since his move from Southampton.

But Soares has remained upbeat about his very short-term future as a Gunner, and the Portuguese star has opened up about how much he admired the club prior to his move to the Emirates stadium.

“Arsenal are a huge club, and I have a better idea of that being inside. It’s a club that, from a very early age, I liked a lot, because I followed the Premier League and sympathised with Arsenal. Even because there was a time when the club won practically everything. Being at the club has been very positive, the players have treated me very well, since I arrived they have been very cool with me,” Cedric told Record

“London was a city that I already knew and I feel very good here. Arteta is a very complete coach. I’m still getting to know him, but he’s shown many qualities. He’s concerned with all areas, both psychological and tactical.”

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