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Olympique de Marseille's Nuno Tavares celebrates scoring their second goal against Reims at Stade Veldrome, Marseille, August 2022.

Watch: Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares scores thunderb*stard for Marseille

Nuno Tavares is continuing to show Arsenal just what they’re missing with a glorious long-range strike for Marseille during Sunday’s Ligue 1 match against Nice.

After a somewhat unconvincing debut season in the Premier League, making more appearances than intended due to Kieran Tierney’s injury problems, Tavares was allowed out on loan to gain further top-level experience by Mikel Arteta this summer.

The Arsenal boss made no secret of his desire to reinforce in the left-back area and moved to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City before sanctioning Tavares’ loan switch to Marseille.

Speaking about Tavares following his temporary move to France, Arteta said: “It’s announced it’s official and for Nuno’s development I think it’s going to be really important.

“Obviously we have recruited Oleks [Zinchenko] in that position and we have Kieran [Tierney] as well which is two really really good and strong players in that position. We believe Nuno’s best solution was to do that.”

And the 22-year-old has taken to life in Ligue 1 like a duck to water, netting the second in his new side’s 4-1 win over Stade Reims in Marseille’s Ligue 1 season opener.

If this wasn’t enough to make Arsenal supporters sit up and take notice, Tavares repeated the trick during his next appearance with a strike against Brest.

And now the unpredictable left-back has scored another screamer as Marseille dismantled Nice on the French Riviera on Sunday afternoon.

The Ligue 1 heavyweights, who will face Tottenham in the group stages of the Champions League, were already leading 1-0 when Tavares collected the ball on the edge of the Nice area and took aim.

Ignoring the presence of three team-mates, the Arsenal loanee took a touch and whacked the ball past Nice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the back of the net.

Understandably delighted, Tavares wheeled away and was joined by a host of Premier League players recruited by Marseille over the past few years – Mateo Guendouzi, Jordan Vertout and Sead Kolasinac – as his hugely impressive start to the season continued.


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