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'Amazing' Arsenal player must now play in a 'foreign' role to get back into Mikel Arteta's starting XI – Campbell
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'Amazing' Arsenal player must now play in a 'foreign' role to get back into Mikel Arteta's starting XI – Campbell

Speaking to The Highbury Squad, Kevin Campbell has been discussing Arsenal’s left-back situation.

Mikel Arteta appears to have already settled on his strongest Arsenal team, only making changes in the league because of injuries.

It’s worked for The Gunners, with Arteta’s side sitting top of the league.

The Spanish manager has implemented almost a completely new back line this season, that has been widely praised.

Ben White has slotted in at right-back and has ‘done great’ according to Campbell.

Gabriel has been partnered by the returning William Saliba, who has been ‘unbelievable’ in his first few matches.

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At left-back, Arteta has gone with new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko, who arrived from Manchester City in the summer.

Kevin Campbell has been impressed by the Ukrainian, and in particular his different tactical approach to Kieran Tierney.

Campbell believes that the ‘amazing‘ Tierney might need to learn a new role in order to break back into the Arsenal team.

Zinchenko tends to shift into midfield to link play together, whereas Tierney is a more traditional full-back.

Zinchenko’s approach has allowed the likes of Granit Xhaka to take up different positions and cause opposition defences problems.

Tierney might need to learn new role

Campbell said on the left-back situation: “Well Kieran Tierney has obviously seen how good Zinchenko is!

“Tierney’s come in, he’s played up and down the left-hand side.

“He’s seen what a difference it makes to the team when ZInchenko moves into midfield.

“Now, if he can’t do it, that puts him at a disadvantage, that’s for sure.

“We’ve seen the likes of Kyle Walker at Manchester City.

“He was an up and down right-back who now goes into that midfield and play.

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“Obviously it’s going to be a bit foreign to Tierney.

“But in that midweek game (against Zurich) I saw Tierney not doing too bad.

“He was getting on the end of things, and he got a couple of shots off.

“It’s not going to natural to him, but to make this Arsenal team tick, maybe he has to take on some of those traits and learn how to do it.

“He can tackle, he can run, he can get close to people, and he can shoot.

“So, opportunities are going to open up for Tierney to play in that position.”

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Arsenal’s left-back dilemma

Campbell clearly believes that Tierney has the ability to learn a new role, and play in it proficiently.

Tierney put in his best performance of the season against FC Zurich, and has done his chances of replacing Zinchenko no harm.

However, right now the Europa League might be Tierney’s best platform to showcase that improvement.

Zinchenko has locked down a starting role in the league when fit, and Arteta selection against Brentford on Sunday will be interesting.

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