Unsurprisingly, many Arsenal fans decided to focus on the inclusions of Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira when the Gunners’ lineup for their Carabao Cup tie with Liverpool was announced.
The pair have seen their popularity increase significantly recently with Unai Emery seemingly reluctant to pick either. But there was perhaps one other notable selection decision made by Emery.
Sead Kolasinac started Wednesday’s clash ahead of Kieran Tierney. It was not a surprising change. Tierney – who has spent much of the last few months out injured – had started the last two games for the Gunners.
Nevertheless, the decision to pick Kolasinac for the trip to Anfield seems telling. It suggests that Tierney has now secured his spot as the club’s first-choice left-back.
Tierney had been the one having to wait for the Carabao Cup games to come around earlier on in the campaign. He only made his Premier League debut at the weekend.
But with Tierney starting the last two games – including the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace – and Kolasinac involved amongst a youthful lineup on Merseyside, it does appear that the pecking order has now changed.
The former Celtic man has been hugely impressive when he has played. And it always appeared to be a matter of time before he did take Kolasinac’s spot.
But it is particularly exciting that he has seemingly taken the shirt already.
With a run of games under his belt, the Scot arguably has the potential to leave his teammate behind.