Arsenal's Nuno Tavares posts six-word tweet after Joao Felix gets red card last night
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Arsenal's Nuno Tavares posts six-word tweet after Joao Felix gets red card last night

Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares had something to say after his compatriot Joao Felix was shown a red card on his Chelsea debut last night.

The Atletico Madrid man was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this month, but a transfer did not materialise. He joined Chelsea on loan earlier this week, but his life at Stamford Bridge hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts.

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Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares posts six-word tweet after Joao Felix gets red card last night

Graham Potter decided to start Felix against Fulham yesterday, just 30 hours after he joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid.

To many people’s surprise, he looked really lively in the first half and was probably unlucky to not get himself an assist early on in the game.

In the second half, however, his fortunes changed. Felix was shown a straight red card for a really poor tackle on Kenny Tete. The referee had no choice but to give him his marching orders, and he’ll miss the next three games as a result.

Tavares knows Felix very well. Both players joined Benfica’s academy back in 2015 and were together for four years – until the attacker moved to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019.

After Felix’s red card against Fulham last night, Tavares took to Twitter to send a message about his countryman.

He wrote: “Joao Felix. What a player anyway!”

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Both Arsenal and Manchester United were interested in Felix, but neither club was prepared to meet Atletico Madrid’s crazy demands to sign him on loan.

Chelsea, who have been hit with numerous injuries in attack, decided to pay over the odds to get him, and last night’s red card made it the worst possible start for them as he’ll now miss three games.

However, Felix’s performance in the first half showed a lot of promise. He got into dangerous areas, was good on the ball, and on another day, he could’ve scored and assisted.

The suspension should help him to adapt to the English game, but until then, Chelsea are in real trouble.

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