Arteta has reportedly been keen to add a right-back to his squad this summer, but now he’s convinced he can shift his attention to other areas of weakness.
Right rear colleague Hector Bellerin could head for the exit of the Emirates after informing Arteta of his desire to leave the club amid interest from Real Betis and Inter Milan.
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Bellerin, Cedric and Calum Chambers all played on the right side under Arteta last season, but Cedric’s pre-season form would not only have distanced him from his rivals at Arsenal but also dissuade them from looking for other options.
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Norwich’s Max Aarons have both been linked with the club, but with Arsenal close to securing the £ 50million signing of Ben White – who can play at right-back as well as at center-back – Arteta would be happy with his options, even if Bellerin leaves.
Cedric joined Arsenal last summer from Southampton after spending the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at the club.
He started eight games last season and has made a total of 24 appearances, occasionally playing left-back in place of injured Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal are also linked with a £ 30million transfer for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to compete with Bernd Leno.
And Arteta has already added to his squad with the signings of Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.
After the friendly 2-2 draw with the Rangers, Arteta said of Tavares’ new signing: “Great debut, (scoring) with his right foot too. “
“He’s only been with us for a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physique and the quality he has on the ball as well.
“He fits in really well with the guys so it’s a good start. “
Tavares, who was substituted at half-time, said: “I’m very happy with my first goal for Arsenal. I was so excited for it and today I did it.
” I felt good. It was a good game for me and for us. A good try. I think we played a good game and learned a lot.