Arteta was ‘frequently annoyed’ by the Arsenal man’s ‘behavior,’ which is why he agreed to the summer transfer.
On Monday, we covered local media reports on Nuno Tavares’ performance against Paris Saint-Germain while on loan at Marseille from Arsenal.
To put it frankly, it wasn’t terrific, and a lot of that had to do with Igor Tudor’s decision to play him on the right side of the defense.
He then moved the Arsenal loanee back to the left for the second half, but that didn’t help matters much, and it was an all-around poor performance from the winger and Marseille as a whole.
This Tuesday, L’Equipe will publish a story on the Portuguese player that will reveal what Gunners fans already know: he is inconsistent.
Tavares is certainly a strong player, as he has six goals for Marseille this season, and what he lacks in defense, he can compensate for when he pushes forward.
Having said that, he needs to develop as a player, and according to L’Equipe, he’sometimes seemed lost on the pitch’ against Paris Saint-Germain.
Tudor did his best to direct him from the sidelines, and he had to do so more than once, first for a stupid red card against Montpellier and then for a horrible first half against Toulouse.
He then scored in the latter, before losing his man later in the game as Marseille conceded, a ‘perfect distillation of the player’s talents and shortcomings,’ according to the publication, who has a’reputation of inconsistency and of being a youth very (too?) sure of himself’.
Mikel Arteta and his staff were ‘frequently upset with his behavior,’ so they agreed to loan him to Marseille.
Yet, Arsenal did so without a buy option because they did not want to include one, possibly knowing that a productive season overseas could change his mind.
It has, and it hasn’t, which is something the Gunners will have to deal with this summer.