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Arsenal’s Cedric Soares dropped after being ‘pencilled in’ for West Brom start/Reiss Nelson spotted in stands

Arsenal’s Cedric Soares dropped after being ‘pencilled in’ for West Brom start/Reiss Nelson spotted in stands

 

Info on some of those to have missed out on a spot in Arsenal’s matchday squad to face West Bromwich Albion has been forthcoming online this evening.

West Brom showdown

Mikel Arteta’s men are currently locked in Premier League action with the Baggies at the Emirates.

The matchup, in truth, is of little importance to either side, with Arsenal’s top-6 hopes dead in the water, and Sam Allardyce’s visitors long destined for the Championship.

Arsenal’s Cedric Soares dropped after being ‘pencilled in’ for West Brom start/Reiss Nelson spotted in stands

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League Semi-final Second Leg match between Arsenal and Villareal CF at Emirates Stadium on May 06, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta, from a personal standpoint, though, will nevertheless be desperate for his side to bag all three points this evening.

This comes with the Spaniard of course fighting for his future, on the back of an embarrassing exit from Europe in midweek.

Arsenal welcomed former boss Unai Emery’s Villarreal to north London, aiming to bounce back from a first-leg defeat in their Europa League semi-final showdown with the La Liga outfit.

When all was said and done, however, the Gunners fell short, bringing a definitive end to their hopes of securing a Champions League return for next season.

Cedric misses out

Nevertheless, Arteta opted to shake up his starting XI this evening, with the likes of Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Willian in from the off:

One of those no doubt disappointed to have missed out once again, though, was Cedric Soares.

The Portuguese, earlier this year, appeared to have established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back.

Recent weeks, however, have seen him fall heavily out of favour, with the reliable Chris Wheatley having revealed that the former Southampton man was actually in line for a return to starting duties versus West Brom, only to be unceremoniously dropped back to the bench:

Elsewhere, Reiss Nelson, who has been afforded a paltry total of 70 minutes of Premier League action thus far this season, travelled with Arteta’s squad, as a 21st man:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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