Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares is officially the fifth-fastest player in the UEFA Champions League this season.

The young Portuguese full-back joined us from Benfica last year. He really caught the eye in the first half of the season, but his fortunes changed following the turn of the year.

Mikel Arteta sent him out on loan to Marseille in the summer.

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Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares is the fifth-fastest player in CL this season

Tavares started off his Marseille career in fantastic style. He scored three goals in his first four league games, and he has been really impressive.

Igor Tudor’s wing-back system has been perfect for young Tavares. He’s thriving in that role, where he’s given the freedom to do what he does best – attack.

The 22-year-old has done that brilliantly this season – both in Ligue 1 as well as in the Champions League. That has earned him rave reviews, and he has now featured in UEFA’s fastest players list as well.

Tavares’ top speed in the Champions League this season is apparently 36.2 km/h. That’s absolutely rapid, and he ranks only below four other players – Fede Valverde (36.3 km/h), Rafael Leao (36.5 km/h), Ousmane Dembele (36.6 km/h) and reported Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk (36.6 km/h).

Check out UEFA’s full list below!

Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk is the fastest

The most interesting name for Arsenal fans on the list, aside from Tavares, is Shakhtar Donetsk star Mudryk.

The talented Ukrainian has been brilliant this season, directly contributing to 15 goals in 15 games in all competitions – seven goals and eight assists.

He has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal for a few months now, with Fabrizio Romano revealing this week that the Gunners are still interested in signing him.

The January transfer window is not too far away now, and if we want to sign a winger, Mudryk – a player with ‘frightening potential‘ – would be a sensational option.

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