Mikel Arteta reacts to Nuno Tavares’ Arsenal debut after goal vs Rangers

The Gunners boss was delighted with the new boy after Tavares bagged a goal on his first showing for Arsenal in their second clash of pre-season against Scottish giants Rangers

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Arsenal manager Mikel Areta was overjoyed with the level of performance from new signing Nuno Tavares in his first game for the Gunners since joining last week.

The 21-year-old was purchased from Benfica with a view to deputising for first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney, but gave an impressive account of himself when utilised for the first time.

The Gunners are yet to win in their two pre-season fixtures, both against Scottish opposition, falling to a 2-1 defeat to Hibernian before drawing 2-2 with Rangers on Saturday.

Arsenal fell behind, but Tavares bagged the first of two equalisers when he picked the pocket of his Rangers counterpart before finishing with the kind of composure you’d expect from a striker, with his weak foot no less.

Nuno Tavares got on the scoresheet on his Arsenal debut


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Rangers restored their lead before Eddie Nketiah ensured the honours would end even, as Arsenal look to build some form before their Premier League opener away at newly-promoted Brentford next month.

Following the game, Arteta praised the defender for his getting on the scoresheet during his ‘great debut’.

“A great debut with his right foot as well!

“He’s only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and then the quality on the ball that he has. He’s integrating with the lads really well, so it’s a good start.”

His sentiments were echoed by Tavares himself, who spoke to Arsenal’s official YouTube channel about his first game for the Gunners.

“I felt good, it was a good game for me and for us. A good test,’ he said.

“I think we did a good match and we learn more. I feel very happy to do my first gal with Arsenal. I’m so excited for this and today I did it.”

The North London new boy went on to single out two individual players for praise, claiming: “It is good to play with the best, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette are very good players.

“I’m so excited to play in front of the fans at the Emirates, I can’t wait for this.”

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