Arsenal on loan 23-year-old defender open to make return at Emirate Stadium next season

By | February 26, 2023

Nuno Tavares has claimed that he expects to feature in the Gunners first-team squad for 2023-24 pre-season and be a part of Mikel Arteta’s side next campaign.


Having arrived from Portuguese giants, Benfica in July 2021, the defender was provided with 17 starts and 11 substitute appearances in all competitions during his first year.

However, Tavares failed to impress head-caoch, Mikel Arteta, who subsequently allowed the full-back to join Marseille on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old defender has since enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career, making 22 starts and four substitute appearances in the French top-tier and the UCL.

Tavares has also chipped in with six goals in France’s top-ter, the most recent strike proving to be the winner in a 3-2 win at Toulouse last weekend.

Since his temporary departure from the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners have successfully replaced Tavares with Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is playing a vital role in the North London giants’ title bid.


Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s showdown with PSG, Tavares indicated that the plans to return to Emirates Stadium and compete for starting role under Mikel Arteta.

Tavares said: “Everyone knows that I still have two years left with Arsenal on my contract. We’ll finish the season.

“I’m here until the end of the season to reach our objectives with Marseille. I can’t tell you much more.

“I feel very good here, with these players, this manager. We get along really well. At the end of the season, I will return to Arsenal. I can’t say much more.”