Leeds United winger Raphinha has been one of the best signings in the entire Premier League this season since arriving from Rennes.
The Brazilian starred once again in the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace and has been involved in four goals in as many games recently.
The Whites travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal on Sunday, three months after he made his first start against the same side at Elland Road.
Mikel Arteta confirmed this week that both Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney would be missing for the hosts – a huge blow to two of their standout names.
That should lead to Cedric playing out-of-position at left-back once again.
Raphinha has been destroying players each week this season, and the Portuguese international appears to be next and one thing you don’t want to give the winger, is an advantage.
The 29-year-old loses the ball 12 times on average per game according to WyScout and has only won 40.7% of his loose ball duels.
If there is one thing that Raphinha thrives on, it is mistakes.
Cedric can’t afford to consistently lose the ball, or the Brazilian will be ready to pounce down that right-hand-side.
The winger has completed more key passes per 90 minutes than the likes of Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling this season, and could be given plenty of space to create more chances this weekend.
Eddie Gray and Ben Parker were blown away by Raphinha against Palace, labelling his skill and flair as “crazy” at points of the 2-0 victory.
The 24-year-old is getting better with each match, and it is Arsenal’s turn to feel the wrath of one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League – bring it on.
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