- The Portuguese full-back signed a long-term deal with the Gunners earlier this week.
- The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel believes it is a worrying sign of the Iranian agent's growing importance in Arsenal's transfer dealings.
- The 28-year-old did not deserve a new contract as he has not played a single game for the Arteta's side.
Cedric Soares moved to Arsenal on a permanent deal earlier this week, signing a four-year contract with the North London side. Journalist Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail is puzzled how the move happened.
"The one questionable deal I would say, that was announced today from that collection of signings was the decision to give Cedric Soares a four-year contract," Mokbel said on the Touchline Fracas podcast as relayed by This Is Futbol.
"That was strange to me. It certainly raised a few eyebrows, obviously, Soares is a Kia Joorabchian player.
"He’ll be 29 by the time the new season starts, so to give a player a four-year contract without actually having seen him play a game for the football club, that certainly shines a spotlight on Kia’s influence at the club because I don’t think any football person can justify giving Cedric Soares a four-year contract."
According to reports, the Euro 2016 winner impressed Mikel Arteta with his attitude in training and presence in the dressing room so the boss decided to retain the right-back.
Hopefully, landing the 28-year-old will serve as a wake-up call to Hector Bellerin who has put in some below-par performances this season as he continues to struggle with the effects of his ACL injury.
Some Arsenal fans are perplexed after hearing the news but we are not necessarily against Soares staying at the Emirates. Most of the times, you don't get a six-month trial ahead of signing a player and we trust Arteta's judgement.
What worries us is the player's relation to Joorabchian, a rather shady figure whose intentions are not clear and honest so Mokbel is spot on with his comments.
Another worry is that Soares will block the path into the first team to Jordi Osei-Tutu, an Academy player who has shown promise with his displays in the 2. Bundesliga.