Cedric Soares is being made to wait for his Arsenal debut – but is using the COVID-19 lockdown to learn new ways to cook, train his dog and even get his hair cut.
The Portugal international arrived at the Emirates on deadline day on loan from Southampton until the end of the season.
The defender was already carrying an injury after suffering ligament damage in his final appearance for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Soares has used the lockdown to complete his recovery – and has learned to adapt his life to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, including putting his dog Romeu through his paces.
“I have my dog and my wife always keeping me busy. We are trying to teach him a few new things,” said Soares, who named his pet after Southampton team-mate Oriol Romeu.
“The dog is very little and is only five months old. He already sits but we are trying to make him lie down.
“We’re now trying to make him jump over things. It’s difficult and it takes a bit of patience, you know.
“I am training everyday and trying to cook something different sometimes. We are watching series on TV and cutting hair.
“My brother is a good cook and he’s often sending me stuff. I’m doing a few starters and desserts. We’ve tried chocolate – we can’t eat too much, but a little bit every day is OK.
“We called my hairdresser on FaceTime to follow his guidance. Of course, it’s not the same but my wife is doing a good job.
“I can’t say it’s perfect but it’s cut in a good way.”