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Nuno Tavares names the 3 Arsenal players he admires

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Arsenal’s newest signing Nuno Tavares has revealed three Gunners players he admires in two present stars and one from the past.

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Nuno Tavares has revealed his admiration for fellow youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, as well as Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The 21-year-old has completed a reported €8 million move to Arsenal from Benfica. He has signed a ‘long-term’ deal and is expected to become an understudy to first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney.

Tavares, much like Joao Felix and Bernardo Silva, is a product of Benfica’s youth system. The defender can play on the right and left flanks, favors making runs forward, and can use both feet.

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He made 41 appearances for Benfica and also faced Arsenal in the last-32 stage of last season’s Europa League, where he went up against future teammates Smith Rowe and Saka.

“In the present I like [Emile Smith Rowe], because he is my generation,” Tavares told the club’s website.

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“He’s played against us, on the same side – he played on the right, I played on the left – for the selection [youth] team.

“He’s a good player, and I see Saka too. Young players, good players.

“From the past I like Henry. A very good player, and it’s good for me to remember that story.”

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With Sead Kolasinac set to leave Arsenal this summer, Tavares may become a direct replacement for the Bosnian.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are closing in on a deal for Albert Lokonga. The Gunners have reportedly struck a €17.5m deal with Anderlecht, leaving the midfielder free to undergo a medical. Talks also remain ongoing over an alleged £50m (€58.6m) transfer for Brighton defender Ben White.