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Nuno Tavares timing his knee slide to match Emile Smith Rowe was oddly satisfying

Nuno Tavares timing his knee slide to match Emile Smith Rowe was oddly satisfying

Recently acquired Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares made only his third appearance in the English top-flight on Sunday but has already seemed to have endeared himself to the fans.

The former Benfica man who was picked ahead of the now-fit Kieran Tierney in a shocking move by Arteta exceeded expectations against visiting Watford.

He looked lively throughout his time on the pitch, constantly posing a threat to the Hornets. In fact, it was his impactful run at the death that led to Juraj Kucka getting shown a second yellow, as the visitors were reduced to 10 men.

Besides his bright performance, Nuno was heralded by fans for his team spirit, as the Portuguese shared a wholesome moment during Emile Smith Rowe’s goal celebrations.

Having scored his third goal for the club over his last three appearances, Smith Rowe performed his trademark knee-slide towards the ecstatic Emirates crowd. However, out of nowhere, the 21-year-old was joined by Nuno, who gracefully slid past the rest of his teammates, ending up face-to-face with the midfielder.

This slick drift by the Portuguese made for a picture-perfect moment for the cameras and indicated that the unit is pretty closely-knit.

Arsenal supporters have further reasons to smile as their team has surpassed an out-of-favour Manchester United to make it to the 5th spot on the table. They head into the international break on the back of 3 back-to-back wins and would be hoping to return to action with similar gusto.