Arsenal announce Nuno Tavares signing as club kick off summer transfer business

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Arsenal have signed their first player of the summer with Nuno Tavares joining in a £7m deal from Benfica.

The left-back has arrived at the Emirates Stadium ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

He will be tasked with providing support and competition for Scotland international Kieran Tierney.

Tavares is only 21 years of age but has a bright future ahead of him and is part of Portugal's Under-21s side.

The defender will have to isolate in England before joining up with his new team-mates for the start of pre-season training.

And Mikel Arteta is delighted to have his first recruit of the 2021/22 campaign through the door.

The Spanish boss said: “We welcome Nuno to the club. He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.

"Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch.

"We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

On Arsenal's new No.20, technical director Edu added: “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.”

Arsenal are busy trying to strengthen the side for the new season.

And competition for a place in the team will be fierce, especially given the Gunners have no European football to give players more minutes on the pitch.

Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is close to signing in a £15m deal, which was agreed late this week.

Brighton's Ben White is also a top target for the Gunners and he could cost them more than £50m once the England centre-half is done with the Euros after tomorrow's final with Italy at Wembley.

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