Arsenal out-of-favour defender tipped to succeed at the Emirates Stadium

By | May 20, 2022

The ex-Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has backed defender, Nuno Tavares, to turn his Gunners career around after a poor first term in English football.

He has performed poorly when covering for first-choice Kieran Tierney at left-back this term and was hauled off at half-time against Crystal Palace after being at fault for city rivals’ first two goals in a 3-0 defeat last month.

The club have been linked with landing a new player on the left side of defence this summer to replace the Portugal youth international with Bologna’s Aaron Hickey considered as a new arrival in north London.

However, Campbell believes the 22-year-old will be better next term, having used to the demands of English football.

Speaking to Football Insider, Kevin said: ‘The crazy thing is, early on in the season some fans were saying Nuno Tavares should start ahead of (Kieran) Tierney. This is about form.

‘Tavares is a young player who is learning his trade. He will only get better. He will be better next season for the experiences he has had.

‘It has been a rollercoaster for him this year. He has had good times, terrible times and indifferent times. The fact that Mikel Arteta has had him in the team means that he has played his part.

‘Yes, he has had mad 15 minutes in certain games but the fact of the matter is he has not been dragged off when he has started recently. Nuno will be better next season. This experience can only be a good thing.’