Tavares & Okonkwo Leave On Loan, Odegaard Named Club Captain

Nuno Tavares has joined Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille on a season-long loan deal. The 22-year-old left-back joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021 from Benfica, and made 28 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions last season, scoring once and assisting twice. Tavares endured an up-and-down first season with the North London giants. The Portuguese full-back made 28 total appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring once and adding two assists. Although he looked reasonably dangerous going forward, he was found out at the back.

Arthur Okonkwo has joined League Two side Crewe Alexandra on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old goalkeeper joined the Arsenal academy aged eight and has continually impressed throughout the age groups. Having been promoted to the first-team at the beginning of last season, Arthur featured in the Gunners’ matchday squad seven times. Also Mikel Arteta has named Martin Odegaard as the club’s new captain.

Meanwhile, the club have agreed personal terms with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans according to reports. But the Gunners are still yet to come to an agreement with Leicester over the figure for the sale. Tielemans has entered the final 12 months of his contract at the King Power Stadium, which has led to intense speculation surrounding his Foxes future. Arsenal are seemingly at the front of the queue for Tielemans’ signature, with The Sun reporting earlier this month that the north Londoners had ‘stepped up their interest’ and were ‘confident’ of sealing a £30m deal.

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