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Could Freddie Ljungberg turn to the academy following Kieran Tierney injury blow?

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Could Freddie Ljungberg turn to the academy following Kieran Tierney injury blow?

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney could be out for up to three months after suffering a dislocated shoulder against West Ham United (Independent).

The Scotland international was making only his seventh start for the club following his £25 million summer move from Celtic (BBC Sport).

The left full-back was forced off after just half an hour, and the 22-year-old is now looking at more time on the sidelines after arriving at the club following a double hernia operation.

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It’s a major blow for Tierney, and also the fans who have been longing to see him get a good run of games in the starting XI.

Ljungberg now has Sead Kolasinac to cover the left-back position and the Swede will need to think about additional cover.

 

Perhaps one bold move he could make, is to promote promising youngster Tolaji Bola from the academy.

TBR’s view – Youth advocate Ljungberg

Perhaps this is something that won’t be out of the question, given Ljungberg worked within the academy last season before swapping jobs with Steve Bould and then ultimately, of course, become interim first-team manager.

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Bola – who has made nine PL2 appearances so far this term – is described by Arsenal as ‘a powerful and creative left-back’, and can also operate as a centre-half.

The former England U18 international trained with the first-team when Unai Emery first came in as manager, but perhaps his chance could now come – an FA Cup chance in January, in particular, may not be out of the question.

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