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'He's a good player': Nuno Tavares says one Arsenal player has really impressed him already

Arsenal newcomer Nuno Tavares has singled Emile Smith Rowe out for praise in his first interview with the Gunners.

The north Londoners announced Tavares’ signing on Saturday morning on a long-term contract.

According to Sky Sports, the 21-year-old moves from Benfica to Arsenal in a fee that could be worth up to £8million.

The Daily Mail reported last week that the Gunners saw off a late approach from Real Sociedad.

Tavares will join up with his new teammates in north London once he has completed his isolation period.

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“My generation”

Tavares has come up against Smith Rowe before when playing for Benfica.

And when asked about the Arsenal players he admires, the left-back named the playmaker, as well as Bukayo Saka.

In terms of classic players, Tavares spoke highly about Thierry Henry.

“In the present I like [Emile Smith Rowe], because he is my generation,” Tavares told

“He’s played against us, on the same side – he played on the right, I played on the left – for the selection (youth) team.

“He’s a good player, and I see Saka too. Young players, good players.

“From the past I like Henry. A very good player, and it’s good for me to remember that story.”

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“Can play for any club in Europe”

Gunners fans will no doubt be eager to see how Tavares fares at the club amid rave reviews.

In January, football agent Cesar Boaventura spoke highly of Tavares to Radio Marte, via talkSPORT.

“This player can play for any club in Europe,” Boaventura said.

“He’s a fast player, one of the fastest players in the whole Portuguese league.

“He’s young. Maybe he’s not a player ready for a big one. But he could be in the future.

“Within a couple of years, he can become one of the best in Europe.”

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