'He wants to get involved': Mikel Arteta says £75k-a-week Arsenal player is desperate to play now
Tierney had become used to being one of the first names on the team sheet under Arteta before this season.
The £75,000-a-week man had been the first-choice left-back for the Gunners ever since making the switch from Celtic in 2019. But he’s fallen down the pecking order this season and mainly been limited to substitute appearances.
The Scotsman has started just three times in the Premier League this season and Arteta says he’s keen to play more often now.
Arteta says Tierney is desperate to play
Speaking to Hayters TV ahead of tonight’s clash with PSV, Arteta was asked how Tierney has reacted to having to compete for a place in Arsenal’s side.
“He understood certain decisions. Like any other player, he wants to get involved and play as many minutes as possible,” he said.
“We try to communicate with them individually when we can to give them some reasons and after they just need to work hard and accept and give us the right reasons.
“Which are always on the pitch and not in training or knocking on someone’s door to make sure it’s that obvious to see that someone deserves to start the game.”
Tierney has started in all three of Arsenal’s Europa League group stage games this season. The Scotsman will be hoping to get some more minutes under his belt tonight as the Gunners host PSV.
The Scotland international will be eager to impress his boss and earn his place back in the starting XI.
The arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko seems to have pushed Tierney down the pecking order at left-back. But even with the Ukrainian sidelined at the moment, Arteta has preferred Takehiro Tomiyasu in his position.
Tierney will be desperate to regain his place in the Gunners side as soon as possible and the Europa League games seem the ideal opportunity at this moment in time.