Cedric Soares could leave Arsenal before he has even made a first-team appearance with Goal reporting that his contract is set to expire on June 30 as it stands.

Southampton probably couldn’t believe their luck in late-January, when the Gunners came calling for an experienced Portugal international.

Cedric was due to leave the Saints on a free during the summer transfer window and Ralph Hasenhuttl was struggling to drum up offers for a man who had slipped down the pecking order at St Mary’s.

But then Arsenal rode to their rescue, taking Cedric on loan while promising to pay every penny of his sizeable £65,000-a-week wages.