Marseille very keen on Tavares – Should Arsenal let him go?

Ever since the summer transfer window began, one of the most talked about positions that Arsenal needed filling was a striker, a midfielder and cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back.

Nuno Tavares was bought for that same reason last summer, and although he showed that he had real talent early on in the season, it soon became clear that he was not ready for the rigours of the Premier league just yet.

But it looks like Marseille are convinced that he would benefit from a season in Ligue 1, and after having already signed the transfers of Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac in recent times, and the loan of William Saliba, they would appear to have a good (and profitable) relationship with the Gunners.

RMCSport published a report yesterday confirming Marseille’s interest. They said: Marseille are still looking to Arsenal to strengthen themselves. According to La Provence, OM are interested in Nuno Tavares (22) in their search for the left-back position. The Portuguese would be high on the list of Marseille decision-makers looking to meet the expectations of their new coach, Igor Tudor.

It would seem obvious that Arsenal would only let Tavares leave if we got in a suitable (better) replacement for the youngster, which could explain our interest in Lisandro Martinez and Grimaldo, but even if we did buy another left-back, would it be more sensible for Arsenal to keep Tavares and give him a chance to regain his confidence in the early stages of the Europa League and League Cups?

Or do you think we should just let him go?


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  1. Last season we had an 0-3 start. Because we had come off two successive 8th place finishes Arteta believed he was on the verge of being sacked. So he made the decision to purge those involved in the 0-3. So Leno Chambers Soares Niles Kolasinac Holding Mari Tavares Elneny Lokonga Nelson Pepe Balogun were all blamed for the losses and purged. With no EL football there was no way back. Chambers was sold, Kolasinac released while, Niles Nelson Mari Balogun were loaned. Leno Holding Tavares Soares Pepe Lokonga Elneny were all frozen out until injuries struck late on. This season we have a probable 12 extra EL games if we make the semis which we should. So there will be game time for the likes of Tavares Soares Holding Lokonga Elneny, Pepe (Niles Nelson) if they are retained.

  2. No, in my opinion we should not let him go as he’s a more than decent defensively and offensively and he will get plenty of game time with us as back up to Tierney.

  3. I don’t know why some fans think that we should give some playing time to fringe/young players in the Europa League.i believe that unless we qualify from the group stages with some games to spare,this is not the competition to experiment… considering the prize for winning it.

  4. We should certainly not loan him out unless a viable replacement has been signed.To do so would leave us in a vulnerable position.With his physical attributes I would hope a season of playing regularly would aid his development and smooth down his rough edges.

  5. Yes should let him go not good enough defensively to error prone when under pressure! See Partley left out of tour to USA not looking good rumours look spot on!

    1. Partey will have been asked not to leave the country. The latest I heard is that his Wife and her friend could be arrested for wasting police time? Apparently, something to do with a 3some, a marriage proposal and a knockback. All sounds a bit Jeremy Kyle, but who knows what goes on when you earn millions a year for laying on a treatment table or kicking a ball about when u ain’t.

      1. Partey is definitely with the squad going to the USA according to announcement today. So it would appear that there has been no crime committed (by him).
        Good news indeed!

        1. Heard that too as his wife and her friend have been reprimanded for false information.

          Leno’s move to Fulham has hit the rocks and Balogun’s wages are holding up his loan.

  6. I expect Tavares improved some defensively from last year, assuming the coaching staff did their job.

    He’s still youngish, fast, strong, can dribble, just needs to be sharpened defensively.

    Whether our coaching staff can do it or a loan spell is better, let’s wait and see.

    Very modest investment in Tavares, NO WAY I would sell him anytime soon. Let’s wait until the club has to decide to extend his contract or sell him. We can weigh the growth and improvement.

  7. If Arteta plans to use a wingback formation or if Arsenal have successfully tapped into a new LB, they could loan Tavares out

    Otherwise they’d better keep him, as Joel Lopez doesn’t seem ready for EPL yet and Soares/ Maitland-Niles/ Xhaka/ Bellerin aren’t specialized in LB position

    1. Lopez has gone. Souza has overtaken Ogungbo as the u21 left back for next season.

      Tomiyasu will be our back up left back if we don’t sign anyone.

      1. Wow, I thought Joel Lopez could’ve been Tierney’s successor. Lino Sousa seems talented as well

  8. I agree with Grandad. No sale as he remains a good prospect, but IF we get another LB I would certainly strongly consider a loan to Marseille but WITHOUT an option to buy. They did excellently with Guendouzi and Saliba, and he should come back much improved. Such a relationship suits both parties so I can’t see any reason not to use the same route.
    OT I just watched on the Arsenal site the interviews with Sweet, Vigar and Jeffcott – our three new 18yo professionals. A refreshing surprise. Eloquent, humble and intelligent – great to see our academy is producing such fine young men. Our academy is in good hands, methinks.

  9. We don’t have a replacement for Teirney .. Nuno is fine but he needs to improve himself and learn from his mistakes .. Keep him!

    1. Tomiyaso has played all across the back 4 and I think will be the best player to replace Tierney.

      But you may well find that against the other big 6 sides we will play 3 at the back, just to match up.

      Saliba, White, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel and Tierney could all play in that back 3.

      Whilst – Saka, Tomiyasu, White, Bellerin, Cedric, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Tavares, Martinelli. Can all play wing back

  10. (To the tune of Frozen 🥶- everybody now!)

    Let him go. Let him goooo
    For he cannot de-fend!

    Let him go, let..him… GO
    And I will not lament..

    Great going forward absolute liability defending.

    1. 😂😂😂

      Fully agree. Bottom line, Tierney will be injured this season again and Nuno is not ready defensively.

      We need a LB that can safely play in a back four against a top 6 team.

  11. I don’t think we should let that club have any more of our players on loan given the underhand way they have tried to unsettle saliba, no means no and they need to learn that
    Plenty of other clubs tavares can progress at but only if we find cover who is better first

  12. Ok so the information earlier was incorrect. Partey, Balogun and Leno have all flow out in a 33 man squad.

    I hope and pray the information about Parteys wife and friend is correct? though I do believe that Leno and Blaogun will leave the tour if they are moving on.

    Massive squad.

  13. So as it stands only 1 player over the quota of 25, has travelled to the US. Surely as it stands that will be Runarsson?

  14. I just remember that stupid penalty he gave away against ManU holding his hand out like that was very childish and that pass straight to a Liverpool player that let to a goal. He must go !!

  15. If we can get Martinez or any other good l Ed ft back, there would be no need to keep him. He needs more time to get matured fy premier league. But it has to be loan.

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