‘Mercenary’ starts impressive, Arteta can dream of many Saliba

From Nuno Tavares, Folarin Balogun to Charlie Patino or Harry Clarke, they all left a certain mark on the team they are "cultivating".

From Nuno Tavares, Folarin Balogun to Charlie Patino or Harry Clarke, they all left a certain mark on the team they are “cultivating”.

Two players on loan in France from Arsenal, Nuno Tavares of Olympic Marseille and Folarin Balogun of Reims, had the opportunity to face each other in the opening round of Ligue 1.

Both young players got off to a perfect start of their own with a goal on their debut. While Nuno Tavares was able to remove the psychological pressure with a solo situation and ecstatic finish to double the difference for Marseille, the young striker Balogun also showed the acumen to punish the opponent’s mistakes. Honorable goal for Reims.


In the 2021/22 season, Nuno Tavares was considered one of the weakest links in coach Mikel Arteta’s defense during the time Kieran Tierney was sidelined due to injury. That leads the Gunners to rush to add another left-back, Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, and Tavares has to improve himself in another team.

Balogun is a completely different case. The former Gunners youth captain marked an impressive first half of the 2021/22 season with 13 goals in 11 Premier League 2 matches, but in the second half of the season, he did not show too much despite being awarded. The opportunity to play 18 times at Middlesbrough.


Besides the two faces mentioned above, Charlie Patino, the player who is considered the most promising player that Hale End Academy owns, even with only 20 minutes on the field, made Blackpool coach Michael Appleton all praise after his debut. mine:

“He gave a fantastic performance. I think he showed a calmness and maturity beyond his age and I’m very excited to see that performance. I think the Blackpool fans will too. pay a lot of attention to him next season.”

In the same match, another Arsenal player who was less noticeable on the Stoke City side, Harry Clarke, also shone with a goal. The English defender is spending the 4th consecutive season being sent to study at lower-tier teams and is showing development day by day.


The impressive starts of young players are giving Mikel Arteta the right to dream of ‘new Saliba’, the player has also forged himself through 3 seasons on loan and also made a brilliant debut in his own shirt. Gunners in front of Crystal Palace.

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