Chris Sutton thinks Arsenal's Kieran Tierney has sent a message to Arteta
The 25-year-old Scotsman joined the Gunners in 2019 from Celtic. He has almost always been magnificent when he’s been fit over the last three years, but since the start of this campaign, he seems to have fallen down the pecking order.
However, Sutton feels Tierney sent Mikel Arteta a strong message last night.
Chris Sutton thinks Kieran Tierney has sent a message to Arsenal boss Arteta
Right after his first season at Arsenal, almost every Gunners fan viewed Tierney as the next captain of the club.
His performances were absolutely incredible as well, and Tierney himself would’ve thought he’d start every game if he was fit. However, the Scotsman, at times, has been Mikel Arteta’s third-choice left-back this season.
Sutton seemed surprised that things have gone this way for Tierney. He believed that the 25-year-old would achieve great things at Arsenal, but he never expected this to happen.
However, the pundit claimed last night that Tierney sent Arteta a strong message following his brilliant performance against FC Zurich in the Europa League.
“When he went to Arsenal I thought he would go on to great things. But I don’t think his Arsenal career has panned out as he would have wanted it, but he has done himself no harm tonight with a little message to the manager saying ‘I am still here and you can trust me.'”
Tierney was certainly falling down the pecking order at Arsenal.
Arteta brought in Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City in the summer, and the Ukrainian quickly became the club’s first-choice left-back. Even Takehiro Tomiyasu was preferred ahead of Tierney, and he has done well there too.
That would’ve surely been a shock for Tierney, but he stepped up last night. He scored a brilliant goal from outside the box that proved to be the winner, and with Tomiyasu seemingly injured, he could well be Arteta’s main man again.
Arsenal take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and Tierney could well start that game.