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Mikel Arteta praises new signing after instantly influencing Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hailed Nuno Tavares’ “great” scorer debut on a day when Arsenal was surprisingly held by Rangers.

The 21-year-old Portuguese left-back, signed by Benfica last weekend, equalized with a close-range shot in the 23rd minute after Gers defender Leon Balogun headed a corner from James Tavernier in the 14th minute.


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The London club controlled the game for the most part and missed a number of opportunities but ended up in the 75 Eddie Nketiah.

Gers midfielder train ArtetaHe was well received by the 2,000 home fans who were allowed to enter the stadium, said of Tavares on Arsenal’s official website: “Great debut, even with his right foot.

“He’s only been with us for a few days, but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and also the quality that he has on the ball.

“He integrates very well with the guys so it’s a good start.”

Tavares, who was substituted at half time, said: “I am very happy with my first goal for Arsenal. I was looking forward to it so much and today I did it.

“I felt good. It was a good game for me and for us. A good test. I think we had a good game and we learned a lot.”


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Arsenal are still missing in the last third – Arteta

Commenting on the overall performance, Arteta said after a 2-1 defeat at Hibernian: “I’m really happy with the performance.

“I think we dominated the game, we created so many chances. I’ve counted about eight or ten clear scoring chances – but this game will be decided in both boxes. We created so many opportunities, but we are not implementing enough.

“Today we should have scored a lot more goals and given the quality of the players we’re up front, they have to ask a lot more of themselves.

“But at least we get there, the process becomes much clearer, much better. Even without the ball, we worked very hard and were very efficient.

“We won a lot of balls in the last third so there are a lot of positive things to say. It’s a lot better from the other day and we were physically better in the second game.

“The organization was better, they played better individually. But I really liked the collective understanding of the game and how we did a lot of things that we worked on on the training pitch.

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