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

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

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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