Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares has been suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards and will miss Marseille’s next game against Angers on Friday night.
Nuno Tavares has been suspended by the Ligue 1 Disciplinary Committee after the player picked up three yellow cards within 10 games.
Tavares has enjoyed his time in France, scoring three and picking up an average rating of 7.54 across his performances in all competitions, a score that includes an 8.8 against Reims in his first game, an 8.3 against Nice, and an 8.2 against Cleremont Foot.
At Arsenal last season, his average was 6.74.
His suspension, however, comes after only eight Ligue 1 games.
While in England, players are suspended if they pick up five yellow cards before the end of the calendar year, in France, as you can see, you will get a suspension if you pick up three in 10 games.
As per their rules: ARTICLE 11. – AUTOMATIC SANCTIONS The taxable person having received three warnings during three different matches in a period including ten official competition matches – French Ligue 1 Uber Eats or Ligue 2 BKT championship, Trophée des Champions, Coupe de France – contested by his club, is sanctioned with a one-match suspension following the decision of the Disciplinary Committee. The taxable person may present his defence to the Disciplinary Commission before the session during which the said file will be examined, by sending his written observations and/or by requesting a hearing before this body.
Nuno Tavares: I wanted an option, Arsenal said no
Nuno Tavares gave an interview in France in which he claims he wanted an option so Marseille could buy him but Arsenal refused.
Nuno Tavares has excelled since leaving Arsenal this summer on loan.
The full-back, who initially impressed when he first arrived at Arsenal, suffered from a massive drop in confidence during the season and it seems as if he is enjoying life away from Mikel Arteta.
On loan for the season with Marseille, where William Saliba impressed so much before coming back as a first-team starter at Arsenal, Tavares it seems would have liked the option to stay in France.
“At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney,” Nuno told RMC. “And for me, that’s not even the point. I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.
“By signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but not Arsenal.
“Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy.
“At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup [FA Cup and EFL Cup]. I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup [competition]. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”
What will happen next summer remains to be seen.
If Tavares continues to impress with Marseille there is no reason Nuno can’t compete for a first team spot, especially considering Kieran Tierney’s injury problems.
Nuno Tavares has a contract with Arsenal until 2026 after he signed a five-year deal with Arsenal when he arrived in 2021.
He scored three goals in his first four appearances for Marseille.