After a good start Arsenal man is now showing why he was loaned out

Nuno Tavares was very inconsistent last season and that prompted Arsenal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko in the last transfer window.

The left-back had joined the Gunners as an unknown quantity from Benfica, but it didn’t matter as long as he was only to be an understudy to Kieran Tierney.

The Scotsman is often injured, so Tavares had several chances to play last season in his absence.

However, he didn’t deliver the performances that the Gunners wanted, and that is one reason they added Zinchenko to their squad.

This forced them to send the Portugal Under-21 star on loan to Olympique Marseille.

The Ligue 1 side helped to turn William Saliba into a quality defender before he returned to the Emirates this season, so Arsenal hoped that would be the case with Tavares.

He started his stint strongly, and it even seemed a mistake to have loaned him out after he netted thrice in his first four games in France.

However, his form has been downhill since then, and Sport Witness claims he is being criticised by several French media outlets.

They believe he is now a shadow of the player he was when he first moved to OM.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Tavares’ performance will hardly surprise Arsenal, who knew he was not as good as he thinks he is.

The youngster still needs to develop his game, and this loan stint will help if he is serious about getting better than he is now.

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11 Comments

  1. From the short time I have watched Tavares, it seems the defensive side of the game is where the young man is lacking.

    Does he have a future at LB or LWB? Unless he takes defensive responsibilities seriously and improves, he may need a change in position.

    Don’t think his finishing is good enough to be on the wing, and the defensive weakness make midfield a bit of a stretch.

    Talented young man, but until he focuses on defense, he looks to be heading down a similar road as AMN.

  2. “His form has been downhill since” August. No it hasn’t, he apparently has been playing well and performed well against PSG last night. What a load of tripe.

  3. 10 games 3 goals
    An article it seems to put down a player who as actually been playing well ,if the writer took the time to watch him .

  4. Tavares will flourish when Arsenal realise that he needs to be converted to a winger and not be used as a full-back. He is a Martinelli type of player.
    Using him as a defender will keep making him look bad.

  5. My thinking is that he’s a very ambitious young man and being consistent comes with time so pls let’s give him sometime to learn besides he’s a player for the future if he doesn’t come back defensively active enough we send him out again and remember being a good defender sometimes requires experience so pls let’s be supportive and quit judging him from his past mistakes.

  6. What’s more annoying about this article, is the wrong grammar in the headlines. Admin pat won’t see this. But u will see my comments and delete. Delete again

  7. Watching closely and consistently, you will realise that he will be better as a left wing midfielder, he likes adventure by moving forward. A good coach can see this in him and convert him. He is a good player if properly nurtured

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