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REVEALED: Arsenal forced 22-year-old Portuguese defender to leave team

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Nuno Tavares has excelled since leaving Arsenal this summer on loan. The full-back, who initially impressed when he first arrived at Arsenal, suffered from a massive drop in confidence during the season and it seems as if he is enjoying life away from Mikel Arteta.

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On loan for the season with Marseille, where William Saliba impressed so much before coming back as a first-team starter at Arsenal, Tavares it seems would have liked the option to stay in France.

 

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“At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney,” Nuno told RMC. “And for me, that’s not even the point. I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.

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“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.

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

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“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.”

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