Nuno Tavares admits he wanted to leave Arsenal permanently this summer

The Portugese defender Nuno Tavares was one of our youngsters that went out on loan this summer, and Mikel Arteta brought in Oleks Zinchenko to replace him as backup to Kieran Tierney. I personally thought it was a great idea to send him to Marseille to aid his development and maturity, which he seemed to be lacking last season after a promising start.

It was noted on All Or Nothing that Tavares wasn’t very happy because he wasn’t playing, and now the player himself has revealed that he was hoping to have an option to stay at Marseille beyond just one season loan.

He said in an interview with RMC in France that only Arsenal refused to add an option to buy, against the wishes of Marseille, Tavares and his agent. He said: “At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney,”

“And for me, that’s not even the point. I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.

“By signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but not Arsenal.

“Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy.

“At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup [FA Cup and EFL Cup]. I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup [competition]. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”

That seems a shame to me as it doesn’t sound like he wants to come back, but we have to admit that he seems to be thriving at Marseille. He has been extremely attack minded and has already scored three goals in Ligue 1, so, if nothing else, we should be able to sell him at a good price next summer if he refuses to return to Arsenal….

C’est la vie!


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  1. Just needs a bit of confidence, a bit of coaching, given his head and he will be a top top player. At Arsenal?

  2. Is this article supposed to be revealing and tell us something we did not already know?

    If so, It failed! ( I assume that all who use JA have at least a keen interest in our club and its news, but I SUPPOSE, there will be a FEW who are not clued up enough to know about TAVARES.

  3. Tavares seems a tense and erratic kid with raw talent.

    The loan deal was a master stroke for the kid he must now get his attitude right as his development accelerate

  4. That’s not good to hear, it seems he’ll be playing a Bellerin-style game of “only want to be at OM” next season.

    Some players don’t have the maturity to realise when they’re not playing well enough for the toughest league in the world and that they need to learn something before they can progress – sadly, Tavares seems to be one of them.

    I imagine old Wormtongue Guendouzi won’t be helping the situation.

    1. I was agreeing with you until you say toughtest league in the world. I’m sure Haaland would not agree with you. I will use most glamorous not toughtest. I though it is a good thing for players not to be happy if is not playing. When does that become a bad attitude. And speaking of learning, isn’t that what our coach for and hasn’t he done that with Benfica.

  5. Maturity is clearing lacking, statements like this shows his mouth shoots off a little too easily, i rather he proves his worth on the field, father than mouthing off.

    French league is a playground compared to the EPL.

  6. I saw a youngster wanting to play whether it is for us or OM
    Holding has never held down a regular place but is happy being second choice at the best club he could be at
    Tavares doesn’t appear to be in that mould. Horses for courses

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