Arteta: ‘Nuno Tavares is the right profile’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes new signing Nuno Tavares fits the profile for what he wants to achieve with his team.

The Portuguese youngster made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut in Arsenals’ 2-2 draw against Rangers.

“We wanted to have more strength and specific qualities in the left-back position, and we identified Nuno a while ago,” Arteta told Arsenal Media.

“To be fair to the scouting department, they have done brilliantly to identify a talent with the qualities that we required, at the age we required and financially it was something we can afford.

“The boy has already been pretty impressive. I think he is the right profile for what we are trying to build here.”

Can we expect more signings with the same profiles as Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga?

“It is one of the profiles, but we need a good mixture as well,” Arteta said. “We need some senior players, players with different types of leadership in the team, with different qualities, people that complement each other.

“At the end of the day it is about the cohesion of the team so we need a squad that is cohesive that can develop and adapt, that offers different qualities to change games, protect games when we need to and this is what we are trying to build.”

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