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Fabrizio Romano confirms Arsenal star will leave the club this summer

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Arsenal have decided to part ways with an important first-team player in the summer

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Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Portuguese defender Cedric Soares will leave Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The experienced defender has attracted interest from European clubs and will be available on a free transfer during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Since joining Arsenal, Cedric has primarily operated as a squad player, with Mikel Arteta often opting for other right-back options. Despite injuries to key players like Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jurrien Timber, and Ben White, Cedric has found it challenging to secure regular playing time.

With his £75,000-a-week contract nearing its conclusion, Arsenal faced a decision regarding Cedric’s future. Romano’s confirmation suggests that the club has decided not to renew his contract, paving the way for the defender to explore opportunities elsewhere.

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Cedric Soares will leave Arsenal at the end of his contract in June (Image credit: Getty Images)

Romano posted on X: “Cédric Soares will leave Arsenal as free agent in the summer, decision made. Portuguese RB remains fully committed to the club until June as top professional then he will leave #AFC. Many clubs in Europe, considering Cédric as top option for the summer on free transfer.”

While Cedric remains committed to Arsenal for the remainder of the season, it has been determined that he will not be offered a new deal. Instead, he will be free to join another club once the transfer window opens.

Considering Arsenal’s depth in the right-back position, retaining Cedric for the new season would not have been a practical move for Arteta. With multiple players ahead of him in the pecking order, the club could allocate his wages more effectively.

Efforts to offload Cedric during the January transfer window were reportedly unsuccessful, according to multiple reports. However, with the transfer market set to reopen in a few months, Arsenal can part ways with Cedric without the need for an immediate replacement.

Allowing Cedric to depart on a free transfer appears to be the most sensible decision for Arsenal as they look ahead to the 2024/2025 campaign. With options available within the squad, the club can bid farewell to the experienced defender and focus on strengthening other areas of the team.

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