One door closes as another opens for Arsenal outcast

Nuno Tavares has found himself surplus to requirements after the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, and Arsenal appear keen to send him out on loan.

While the Portuguese isn’t believed to be part of our plans going into the new season, it is however reported that his move to Atalanta broke down due to our unwillingness to include a buy option in the deal, which tells us that the Gunners continue to rate his future potential.

While his move to Serie A now appears off after disappointing talks, a move to Marseille is now believed to be close as reported by the Express, where he could play alongside former Arsenal duo Sead Kolasinac and Matteo Guendouzi.

Tavares endured a mixed opening season in north London, showing off his blistering pace in an attacking full-back role, before his defensive frailties were exposed by some of the bigger sides, and I can fully support the idea of sending him out on loan where he can hopefully gain further composure and solidify his defensive abilities.

With both Kieran Tierney and Zinchenko at the Emirates, I struggle to believe that Nuno would play anything more than the odd cup outing, and whether the move to Marseille gets over the line or not, he makes sense for both us and the player to pursue a loan move.



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  1. How is this guy an outcast? I don’t he qualifies for that. I think Arteta still thinks he has a future at club hence the unwillingness to add an obligation for the loan club to buy him at the end of the loan.

  2. For me i think nuno would feature well as a winger than a left back..but the loan move is important for his growth and also for further experience…he still has that physic and pace which could help in future

  3. I really don’t agree with your use of the word “outcast” in your title. Auba, Ozil, Mustafi, Willian etc etc were all outcasts but Tavares is not – we specifically turned down loan to buy offers as we want Tavares to get game time and return. By your yardstick Saliba, Nketiah, ESR were all outcasts too! Demeaning to the player and totally untrue.

  4. I like Nuno a lot and believe loan will do him more good than harm. And I’m happy that the management is not ready to sell him. He has huge potential.

  5. Outcast? Really! I hope he stays as back up to Tear-Knee as I don’t think Zinchenko was bought as a back up LB and will start in midfield.

  6. I think we are fighting a losing battle when it comes to how some “our” are being called, described… on JA.some of us have going on about it for ages and still no changes,very disappointing!!!!

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