Arsenal new signing Nuno Tavares has described Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka as a good players – confirmed he admires the two Gunners academy starlet after joining the Premier League club from Benfica.
The 21-year-old full-back, who made 25 league appearances for boyhood club Benfica, was confirmed as Arsenal’s first summer signing on Saturday morning and joins the Gunners on a long-term contract.
The Portuguese will wear the number 20 shirt at Arsenal and will act as competition for Kieran Tierney on the left-side of the Gunners defence.
And during his first interview, when asked to name some of the current and former Arsenal players that he admires, Tavares told Arsenal’s official website: ‘In the present I like [Emile Smith Rowe], because he is my generation.
‘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 Thierry Henry. A very good player, and it’s good for me to remember that story.’
Tavares, 21, added: ‘I’m so excited because it is a big club and for me as a young guy, it is a pleasure to be here. It’s good for my career and to begin at Arsenal is a big club, and I’m very happy.
‘When I finished the season my agent told me that Arsenal were interested in me. In the first instance I was very happy and after this I dreamed about it, and [spoke about it] with my mum. I was so excited to be here, and now I’m here I’m so happy.’
Arsenal technical director Edu Gasper, meanwhile, said: ‘Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe.
‘He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position. We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad.’