Arsenal star Bukayo Saka claims he was amazed by Cedric Soares’ brilliant diagonal pass that helped him set up Alexandre Lacazette in the 72nd minute.
Saka was awarded the man of the match award and rightly so, but Cedric wasn’t too far behind. The former Saints man started on the left-back due to Kieran Tierney’s absence and he had a phenomenal game.
He combined really well with Nicolas Pepe at times and he did his defensive duties brilliantly as well. However, his pass to Saka for our third goal was his best moment in the game and the teenager loved it.
“It was amazing”, Saka told BT Sport about Cedric’s pass. “He hit the space and I don’t even think he looked at me. I’m really happy.”
Saka will take all the plaudits for his goal and assist, and he completely deserves that. However, Arsenal fans should appreciate Cedric’s performance in an unnatural position last night.
The Portuguese international’s signing was heavily criticised when he came in last year. Arsenal making his loan deal permanent stunned many, and Mikel Arteta and Edu were in the firing line on a daily basis as a result.
Thankfully, it looks like it has paid off now.
Cedric was brilliant last night
Cedric was brilliant against Newcastle at right-back in the Premier League last week, and his performance against the Saints last night was arguably even better considering that he was forced to play on the opposite side.
He made three tackles, two clearances and an interception and was dribbled past just once all game. He won five of his seven attempted ground duels and made three key passes – not too bad for a defender. (SofaScore)
Kieran Tierney will come straight back in at left-back but Hector Bellerin should be worried about his spot. The Spaniard had a good game as well last night, but Cedric might just have done enough to takeover the right-back role from the Arsenal vice-captain.