Marseille have completed a deal to secure services of Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares on a one year loan deal.

The 22-year-old full-back made the move from Portuguese giants Benfica to the North London giants, last summer and played second fiddle to Kieran Tierney at the Emirates Stadium.

The north London team brought in another left-back in Zinchenko in the summer, providing further competition in Tavares’ position.

The Portuguese defender will now spend the campaign on loan in Ligue 1, where the Gunners defender William Saliba played his football last campaign.

The French team announced the deal in a social media post on Saturday morning, while the Gunners also confirmed the move.

Tavares is one of a number of outgoings expected ahead of the close of the transfer window on September 1.


Fulham have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno, while Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin are likely to be on their way out from the Emirates Stadium.

A player who has already left is third-choice keeper Arthur Okonkwo, who has joined League Two club Crewe Alexandra on loan.

‘It would be good for me to be first choice here, but I have to work and get myself in the squad,’ said Okonkwo.

‘I want to be as consistent as possible and get games under my belt. With all the training I’ve had, and I’ve also played some minutes with the Arsenal first team in pre-season, I feel ready and sharp.

‘The manager [Mikel Arteta] has always given me confidence and opportunities, and it is for me now to take that, use it and display it.’

‘It feels great to be here. I have to thank Arsenal for the opportunity to be here, and especially Crewe for giving me the initial interest,’ he added.

‘I know this is a great club that wants to develop young players and hopefully we can win many games together. Coming here and playing for points will be a good experience for me.’