Nuno Tavares latest statements regarding his loan move to Marseille from Arsenal suggest that the youthful full-back has disregarded Gunners manager Mikel Arteta’s counsel. The ex-Benfica defender was signed for a relatively low-risk cost of £7 million last summer and excelled during his first few months at the Emirates.
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In the run-up to the hectic festive fixture calendar, Nuno Tavares was keeping first-choice left-back Kierney out of the Arsenal first-team. But after Christmas, things took a turn for the worst, and the beginning of the new year marked undoubtedly Nuno Tavares’ lowest moment in his career when he hooked 30 minutes into Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round loss away to then-championship team Nottingham Forest.
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Four months later, 45 minutes into the 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace, Tavares received another humiliating substitution. By that point, it had become evident that the 22-year-old would benefit from a loan stint elsewhere, and this summer, he received just that with a brief transfer to Ligue 1 team Marseille.
The defender has followed in the footsteps of William Saliba, who is currently a fan favorite for the Gunners and spent last season training at the Stade Velodrome. Saliba appears to have benefited greatly from his time there based on the calibre of his performances since his return.
In light of this, Nuno Tavares later admitted that he wanted to sign a straight loan agreement rather than one with a provision for permanent migration to France comes as a bit of a shock.
Nuno Tavares told the French media site RMC Sport that For him, that’s not even the point and at Arsenal, he does not know if there was a problem of competitiveness with Kieran Tierney. Nuno Tavares said he came to Marseille so that he could play in his position at last and he requested a buy option when he signed with OM, but Arsenal refused. His agents and he always wanted Arsenal to have this buy option, but they didn’t.
Nuno Tavares continued that he is at OM right now, and whether he has a choice or not, he is content. He would have likely only participated in cup competitions at Arsenal and he travelled to Marseille to play in his position in the league, the cup, and the Champions League. Tavares has shown he didn’t want to compete for playing time with Tierney and summer acquisition Oleksandr Zinchenko at a vital period of his career, likely to Arteta’s dismay if his words from April are any indication.