Adapting to life in the Premier League is not an issue for Tavares
From SL Benfica outcast to standout arsenal in six months; The rise of Nuno Tavares in north London was one of the talking points of the 2021-22 Premier League season for the Gunners and an issue for boss Mikel Arteta.
At the time of his summer purchase, many viewed Tavares – despite being a Portuguese youth international – only as a replacement option for undisputed first-choice full-back, Kieran Tierney.
But through a combination of his own adjustment to life at both Arsenal and the Premier League, plus injuries that have hit Tierney sporadically this season, Tavares has settled in exceptionally well under Arteta, and the data behind his performances in this one Season only cement the argument further.
Note: data comparison from Tavares (above) and Tierney (below)
Although he was not in the starting XI in the last four league games for Arsenal, the Lisbon-born player had six consecutive games at the XI. Matchday before Tierney fully recovered from injury The data behind his performances measure Tierney in a way that suggests Arsenal are on the verge of having a real battle for first choice among the club’s Spanish director.
And don’t make a mistake; For Mikel Arteta an ideal problem scenario to rebuild the profile of the club on the field at home and abroad in the long term.
In order to be able to keep up at the top of the Premier League, every manager and club that is worth their common salt ideally needs several options in every position that are able to get into the starting XI without compromising the quality both in technical terms as well as tactically. If you believe the data, Tavares has already proven exactly that and more in the Emirates.
Arsenal Summer Recruitment Back in the Spotlight
The rise and adjustment of Nuno Tavares is just one of six examples of how Arsenal were right with their recruiting plans this summer following the joint efforts of Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar.
The Portuguese youth international made good use of his chances, but the same goes for Belgian starlet Sambi Lokonga and even more so for Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Ødegaard.
It’s rare for a club to have six signings, all of which are okay and meet or exceed the standards set by the manager for the first six months of club life, but these are exactly the latest additions to the Arsenal roster that can turn out to be 2021/22 boast. This fact alone should give the fan base new confidence in recruiting and building a squad that can thrive for European places now and in the future.
Currently in fourth place in the Premier League before the hectic festival week, there is a real chance that the Gunners will start the new year in the top four. Once the fan base has lamented that it’s not enough, it will surely be welcomed as a sore eye sight instead.
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|5||West Ham United||17th||7th||28|
|13th||Brighton & Hove Albion||16||-3||20th|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||fifteen|
|Iota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||7th|
|Berg, bricklayer||Chelsea FC||7th|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||7th|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||7th|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||7th|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||7th|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester city||7th|
|Antonio, Mikhail||West Ham United||6th|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal palace||6th|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6th|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||6th|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||5|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||5|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||5|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal palace||5|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester city||5|
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|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6th|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||6th|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester city||1||5|
|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||6th|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4th|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4th|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4th|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester city||0||5|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||5|
|Lascelles, Jamaal||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||5|
|Firpo, junior||Leeds United||0||5|
|Ward, Joel||Crystal palace||0||5|
|Romeu, Oriol||Southampton FC||0||5|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8th|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||8th|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||7th|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7th|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||5|
|Berg, bricklayer||Chelsea FC||4th|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||4th|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4th|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4th|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester city||4th|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||4th|
|Antonio, Mikhail||West Ham United||3|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal palace||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||3|
|Mahrez, riad||Manchester city||3|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City||3|
|Foden, Phil||Manchester city||3|