Mikel Arteta demands reaction from Nuno Tavares after Crystal Palace substitution

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to see a reaction from youngster Nuno Tavares after he was hooked midway through Monday’s 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Arteta’s side went into half-time 2-0 down at Selhurst Park and marginally improved after Gabriel Martinelli replaced Tavares, but Wilfried Zaha scored from the penalty spot to round off the scoring late in the evening.

Tavares, who turned 22 this season, has endured a mixed maiden campaign in England. He rose to prominence in the autumn before a disastrous performance in a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool seemed to knock him out of his stride. He’s started just two games in 2022 but has now twice failed to feature for more than 45 minutes.

However, Kieran Tierney’s season-ending injury leaves Tavares as the Gunners’ only remaining natural left-back and is expected to feature heavily for the run-in.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Brighton, Arteta revealed he has talked to Tavares about why he was substituted against Palace and wants the Portuguese defender to learn from the situation.

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