Arsenal fullback Nuno Tavares has revealed that he is happy at Marseille but does not understand why he was loaned out in the first place.
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The 22-year-old left-back was signed as a backup for Kieran Tierney and appeared in 28 games for Arsenal across all competitions.
Though he’s good going forward, his defensive qualities could use some work. And head coach Mikel Arteta in an attempt to help him develop, loaned him out to Marseille.
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The Gunners’ acquisition of Zinchenko from Manchester City also reduced Tavares’ chances of playing regularly this season.
Tavares, who has three goals in six appearances for Marseille, insists he is happy there and wishes his contract included an option to buy.
He said on RMC sport :
“I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused”.
“Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup. I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup.”