Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares was one of the first signings of Mikel Arteta’s tenure, but it’s now time for the full-back to leave.

That’s off the back of Tavares returning to Arsenal training ahead of tonight’s Emirates Cup game against AS Monaco.

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Tavares has been enjoying an extended holiday owing to his participation in the under-21 Euros with Portugal.

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The defender is reportedly one of several players that Edu and Mikel Arteta will look to off-load in the remainder of the window.

And given how Tavares has fared in the past, it’s not too surprising.

Tavares arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 2021 and was earmarked as a player with big potential.

And whilst his performances looked quite raw at first, he was showing a ton of attacking ability.

Tavares was a good representation of Arteta’s Arsenal squad at the time, excelling in some areas and hopeless in others.

Tavares was eventually limited in his first team chances owing to his lapses of concentration when defending.

And given he didn’t show much improvement during periods out of the team, he was eventually loaned to Marseille in his second season.

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Tavares’ loan spell in Ligue 1 with Marseille could arguably be categorised as a success.

The full-back played 31 times for the French side and actually got on the score-sheet on six occasions.

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He returned to Arsenal with reported interest from West Ham, something explored after the Declan Rice negotiations.

And whilst Tavares has some extremely useful attributes, and probably still has a lot of room for improvement, Arsenal and Arteta need to be decisive. 

Even in the most successful of projects there are going to be transfers that don’t work out, there will be players who go on to succeed at other clubs.

But it’s clear that Tavares won’t benefit this current Arsenal team, and it’s time for a move.

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