Arsenal idol issues 'mad' Tavares claim after Arteta decision

By Kevin Campbell

9th May, 2022 | 4:00pm

Arsenal idol issues 'mad' Nuno Tavares claim after Mikel Arteta decision - 'the crazy thing is'

Kevin Campbell has tipped Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares to benefit from his “mad” first season in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker claimed “it has been a rollercoaster” for the 22-year-old since his arrival from Benfica.

Tavares was axed from the starting XI on Sunday as Mikel Arteta’s side returned to fourth with a 2-1 win over Leeds United.

Cedric Soares replaced the left-back in the lineup at the Emirates.

Tavares started the previous four Premier League fixtures, which included wins over Chelsea, Man United and West Ham.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Tavares’ debut season, Campbell 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 is experience can only be a good thing.”

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