Mikel Arteta hints at Cedric Soares debut ahead of Arsenal vs Manchester City

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Mar 2020 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Comment Man City v Arsenal: Arteta previewTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenMan City v Arsenal: Arteta previewhttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-v-arsenal-arteta-preview-2126842/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Cedric will be a welcome addition to the injury-ravaged Gunners defence, which has seen full-backs Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac all sidelined in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Athletic revealed that Spaniard Bellerin has been taking painkillers to play through a groin injury, severely impacting his performances on the pitch.Arteta admitted that 22-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs to ‘work hard’ to get back in the team, prompting Greek defender Sokratis to fill in at right-back.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe former Manchester City coach faces his old side for the first time as a manager, and is expecting it to be ‘a very special night’. On his experience at the club giving the Gunners an advantage, the 37-year-old added: ‘It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do.‘But it’s something different to be able to stop that and as well create the issues that I think we can create for them.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Pablo Mari after Premier League debut for ArsenalMORE: Paul Merson predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League next season without transfer overhaul Advertisement Mikel Arteta hints at Cedric Soares debut ahead of Arsenal vs Manchester City Advertisement Cedric joined Arsenal from Southampton on a season-long loan (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed that defender Cedric Soares could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Portuguese joined the Gunners on loan from Southampton in January, but is yet to make an appearance after struggling with a knee problem. The 28-year-old returned to full training on Monday, and boss Arteta says that he is in contention to play against City. When asked if defenders Cedric and Shkodran Mustafi could feature at the Etihad Stadium, he said: ‘I think they will be available to play.ADVERTISEMENT‘Hopefully everyone will be able to train tomorrow and we’ll pick the best players we can.’last_img