Attacking power, skills - What Arsenal fans can expect from new signing
Arsenal have completed their first signing of this transfer window, with Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares joining on an £8million deal
The 21-year-old, arrives from Benfica, is an exciting back-up option to stalwart Kieran Tierney, having represented Portugal at youth level.
Tavares is yet to break into Portugal’s senior side but made 25 first-team appearances for the Lisbon club.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website: “We welcome Nuno to the club. He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.
“Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch.
“We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”
Tavares, who played against Arsenal in the Europa League last season, will link up with Arteta’s squad in the coming days after travelling to the UK and completing isolation requirements.
As is club policy, Arsenal have not confirmed the length of Tavares’ contract other than to state it is a ‘long-term’ agreement.
Technical director Edu said: “Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe.
“He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position. We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad.”
But what kind of player are Arsenal getting? talkSPORT.com gives you the lowdown on their newest recruit.
Arteta touched on it when Arsenal announced the signing by saying he offers great energy on the pitch.
Tavares’ athleticism is clearly his biggest strength. His signature move is to run past opponents and generate attacks for his team.
If he goes round the outside he’ll happily whip in a cross for his teammates to attack but he can also cut in on the inside to then play a through ball to the striker – he’s got more than one string to his bow when it comes to getting past players.
Tavares comes across as something of a raw talent though, despite his clear potential he got three assists in 25 appearances. It suggests he doesn’t quite have an end-product or Benfica didn’t fully appreciate what he could bring.
His attacking prowess and athleticism trump his defensive ability, which has room for improvement.
A way to get round that would be to use him as a left-wing back and placing Tierney, who is known for his excellent leadership skills, in the back three.
However, there has not been any suggestion from Arteta that he will change from the back four he usually plays at this stage.
Nevertheless, Arsenal can consider their latest signing an exciting option for the future, who provides excellent cover at a bargain price.