The Gunners pair, who both left the Emirates on loan last week, started in opposing sides at the Stade Velodrome in the Ligue 1 clash between Marseille and Reims.
The hosts were under pressure to open their 2022-23 domestic campaign with a positive result after a poor pre-season left new manager Igor Tudor – Jorge Sampaoli’s successor – already facing mockery from fans ahead of kick-off.
And Tavares certainly helped them achieve that goal, scoring a terrific second goal as last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up won 4-1 at home.
Running on a lobbed ball into the left channel, the Portuguese touched his chest before cutting inside two defenders and cleverly working the space for a low, arrowed right-footed shot that propelled past the keeper goal and in the bottom corner.
Among those celebrating with Tavares was Matteo Guendouzi, who, like William Saliba, spent last season on loan at Marseille. But unlike Saliba, the midfielder made a permanent switch in March.
From a team perspective, Balogun made his debut for Reims but he too at least troubled the scoresheet on his debut after coming off the bench.
The Arsenal academy graduate cut the deficit to 3-1 with six minutes left in the south of France, taking advantage of Marseille’s failure to deal with a deep cross from the right flank as they was jumping high to get home past Ruben Blanco.
Watch the videos above for footage of Arsenal loan duo Nuno Tavares and Folarin Balogun both scoring on their Ligue 1 debuts!