Arsenal and Mikel Arteta didn’t have a lot to complain about after a fantastic win over Leicester City on Sunday.
A slow start gave the hosts a very easy goal, but apart from that, we looked really good. Our front four were involved in the goals, our midfielders were brilliant and our defenders were solid for most parts of the game.
One player who came in yesterday and seemed like he had a very good game was Cedric Soares. The £75,000-a-week (Spotrac) defender replaced Hector Bellerin and his movement was brilliant, but if stats are anything to go by, he was the worst player on the pitch yesterday.
He was rated 5.9/10 by SofaScore after winning just three of his 12 attempted duels, failing with all of his dribble attempts and losing the ball a staggering 22 times throughout the game.
That, statistically, tells the world that his display against Leicester yesterday was poor, but those who watched the game would’ve seen that he had a real impact.
Cedric should not be dropped
Cedric constantly tried to overlap or come inside of Nicolas Pepe which gave the Ivorian a ton of space throughout the game. The former Lille man was a nightmare to poor Luke Thomas who simply could not handle him.
Pepe needs that from his full-back to have an impact in games. If the player behind him just waits instead of overlapping, the Ivorian will have to get past two players instead of one, which makes it almost impossible for him.
Hector Bellerin has been guilty of that recently. The Spaniard is more than capable of doing what Cedric did yesterday, but for some reason, he has been static in recent games – especially against Benfica last week.
Cedric, despite what his stats say, is having a bigger impact than Bellerin at the moment. Arteta just can’t drop him now to bring his compatriot back, especially if the former Barcelona man does not show any improvement in his movement in the final third.