The left wing expressed his admiration for the French legend and the English youth international
Nuno Tavares named Thierry Henry, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Sako as his favorite Arsenal players.
The youth of Portugal of Cape Verdean descent joined the Premier League team with a five-year deal for £ 7 million ($ 9.7 million) to become the Gunners’ first summer player.
He broke into Benfica’s first team at the start of the 2019-20 campaign and went on to make 41 senior appearances in all competitions for the Eagles, scoring once and giving up seven assistants.
When asked to name his preferred Arsenal stars, the 21-year-old mentions the legendary French forward, as well as the youngsters who are part of Mikel Arteta’s current squad.
‘In the present I like [Emile Smith Rowe], because he was my gender, ”Tavares said Arsenal website.
“He played against us, on the same side – he played on the right, I on the left – for the 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 the story. ”
He also pointed out that the North London team has a good project because he would develop with the young players in the Gunners setup.
“You have a good project,” he continued. ‘Young people, it’s good for me and we learn together because we can understand together, and we can have an evolution with the young guys.
“It’s the same. It’s a good project with young guys and we understand each other.”
Tavares expressed his joy at joining the 13-time English champion, while emphasizing the role played by Edu and Arteta.
“I’m so excited because it’s a big club and for me as a young man it’s a pleasure to be here,” he added.
‘When I finished the season, my agent told me Arsenal were interested in me.
‘I was very happy in the first place and after that I dreamed about it, and [spoke about it] with my mother. I was so excited to be here, and now that I’m here, I’m so happy.
“Mikel and Edu have helped me so much. They talk to me every time and call me and I feel people want me here. I like it because I need this power and I am so grateful for it.”