Former Arsenal star drops hint about possible departure of defensive pair this summer

Tony Adams has suggested that his former team Arsenal should look to sell right-backs Cedric Soares and Hector Bellerin in the summer transfer window.

Spanish full-back has previously been rumoured with a move away from the North London club, with Juventus and PSG the leading candidates to secure his services, while Cedric Soares only signed a four-year deal at the Emirates last summer, following his arrival from Southampton.

However, Adams believes that Arsenal need to bring in better alternatives if they are keen on to challenge Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League trophy.

“If you’re bringing players in who are a lesser standard, you don’t get someone that’s less than what you’ve got,” the 54-year-old told Stadium Astro.

“Cedric, is he better than Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Take it or leave it.

“Or are you telling me we need two? Get rid of two and get a good one! That would be the opinion that I would have. You always bring in players better than the ones you have got or don’t bring them to the club.”

Both right-backs have featured regularly under Arsenal head-coach Mikel Arteta this season, with Hector Bellerin – the club’s vice-captain – playing 28 games in all competitions, while Cedric has played  20 times so far this season.