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Arsenal Left-Back Is On The Radar Of Marseille: Should Arteta Let Him Go This Summer?

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In a recent report, Foot Mercato stated that Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares is on the radar of Olympique Marseille. It is believed that the French outfit are eyeing a loan move for the Gunners defender this summer.

Tavares’ Difficult Season At The Emirates Stadium Last Season

Tavares had a tough campaign at North London in the previous campaign as he struggled to find consistency with his performances on the left side of Mikel Arteta’s defence. The former Benfica talent registered one goal and two assists in 27 appearances for Arsenal last season in various competitions.

The Portuguese talent did well to average 1.0 tackles, 1.4 clearances, 1.0 shots and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from the left flank after making 82.1% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Should Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Let Tavares Go Out On Loan This Summer?

Tavares is a solid tackler of the ball and usually clears the danger when needed. The Portuguese full-back can strike the ball with power and can make some good runs with the ball down the left wing when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. However, he was often guilty of being inconsistent last season and was not good enough to help Arsenal secure a top-four place in the Premier League.

At 22, Tavares has got a bright future ahead of him as long as he can take strides toward improving himself with each season. However, he is still not ready to feature in Mikel Arteta‘s first team week in week out next season

Therefore, Arsenal should think about letting the Portuguese left-back go out on loan to a club like Marseille during this summer transfer period so that he can come back as a much-improved version of himself next year.

The Portugal Under-21 international has got the potential to become a future star at the Emirates Stadium but he is in dire need of regular playing opportunities in the upcoming campaign. Hence, Arteta should only focus on letting him leave on loan rather than sanctioning his permanent exit in this off-season.

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