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Despite exit rumours, journalist says 'brilliant' player wants to 'absolutely stay at Arsenal'

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Goal’s Charles Watts has claimed that Cedric Soares has no plans of leaving Arsenal despite being heavily linked with a move to Fenerbahce.

CNN Turk first broke the news about the Turkish giants’ interest last week. Fanatik backed that claim a few days ago and revealed that Fenerbahce have even asked Mesut Ozil to help convince his former teammate to make the switch this summer.

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Cedric, who joined Arsenal last year as a free agent after six months on loan from Southampton, has impressed at times. However, he’s never been Mikel Arteta’s first-choice right-back, and that’s never ideal for any player.

That is probably why Fenerbahce felt that they could sign him this summer, but Watts has revealed today that the Portuguese international’s preference at the moment is to stay at Arsenal at all costs.

Watts said in a video on his YouTube channel: “From my understanding, Cedric Soares is very, very happy at Arsenal. He is determined to make a go of it.

“He has been working really hard in the summer to try and impress Mikel Arteta and force his way into his plans. Yes, there is interest from Turkey, from Fenerbahce, but Cedric’s preference is to absolutely stay at Arsenal.”

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Should Arsenal sell Cedric to Fenerbahce?

Cedric, labelled as ‘brilliant‘ by Ian Wright, is by no means a big-name star who Arsenal fans tune in to see every week. However, he’s really good and the fact that he can play in either full-back position makes him a very useful player to have in the squad.

Arteta’s current choices at right-back are Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers and Cedric. The first two names on the list are very likely to be sold this summer, which would then leave Arsenal with just two options.

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Selling Cedric on top of that makes very little sense, especially as rumours linking us to a new right-back have cooled down. Keeping the Portuguese international seems like a sensible option now, and it’s good to know that he wants to stay as well.

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