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Arsenal new boy Tavares ecstatic after scoring in his debut

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The €8 million man had a promising start to life at the Emirates, helping his side snatch a point against Rangers.

Arsenal new signing Nuno Tavares is ecstatic over making a dream debut, saying he felt “very happy” to score in his first appearance for the club.

Tavares got on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s friendly against Scottish champions Rangers on Saturday.

The 21-year-old defender was able to make an impact in the limited minutes he was afforded as he opened the scoring for his new team before being replaced by Kieran Tierney at half-time.

Arsenal ended up settling for a 2-2 in their second pre-season match after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hibernian in the first one.

The former Benfica man has a skilful left foot and is also almost equally comfortable on his right foot, making him versatile enough to function at both left-back and right-back and, in turn, an exciting addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

“I feel very happy to score my first goal with Arsenal. I’m so excited for this and today I did it,” Tavares told the Arsenal website.

On the experience of wearing the Arsenal shirt for the first time, he added: “I felt good. It was a good game for me and for us. A good test. I think we had a good match and we learned a lot.

Asked about the manager expectations of him, the Portuguese full-back responded: “To play free, not be scared, do my job and that’s it.”