Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has sent a message to Nuno Tavares amid his recent struggles at the level.
The Portuguese was brought to Arsenal last summer as a backup option for Kieran Tierney.
And while Tavares has shown promising signs, especially going forward, the 22-year-old’s latest form is causing concern.
In turn, Nigel Winterburn sent a message to the linebacker, telling him there was a lot he needed to learn defensively:
“I don’t think he fully understands the full-back role and I think there is a lot he needs to learn defensively in terms of the situations he puts himself in,” He said.
“He needs to learn that aspect of the game very quickly and get back to the level he did earlier in the season.
“The problem is that when you’ve had two matches like the one he’s been in, your confidence drops pretty quickly.
“You can also lose supporters’ trust, which makes it hard to come back when that happens.”
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Nuno Tavares’ struggle with Arsenal
Nigel Winterburn’s comments come after a rather shocking offer on the part of Tavares.
Kieran Tierney was injured in preparation for Arsenal’s last game with Crystal Palace, which led to Tavares starting his place.
However, Tavares was hooked in the first half in that confrontation, and despite being the only suitable left-back for Arsenal, he was then left off the bench against Brighton last weekend.
This isn’t the first time Tavares has been linked early in the game, as he was also knocked out after 35 minutes in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest.
Can he save his Arsenal career, or will Arsenal once again have to return to the market for a left-back this summer?
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