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Hit or miss? Assessing Kieran Tierney’s Arsenal spell so far

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Hit or miss? Assessing Kieran Tierney’s Arsenal spell so far

Some fans felt it might never happen, but Arsenal delighted the masses on transfer deadline day when they finally announced Kieran Tierney’s transfer from Celtic.

The full-back – who was one of the best players in Scotland – agreed a five-year deal, with BBC Sport reporting a £25 million transfer fee.

With the second international break of the season in full swing, it is perhaps a good time to assess how Tierney’s spell at the Emirates has been so far.

Background

Left-back has been something of a problem position for the Gunners in recent times.

Nacho Monreal was a decent player for Arsenal, but he would often feature as a centre-back last term, with the unconvincing Sead Kolasinac the go-to full-back.

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Monreal would go on to leave the club and rejoin Real Sociedad after Tierney’s arrival, meaning it was important Emery got his man.

The £25 million fee is widely seen as a great business by Arsenal, with Tierney still only 22.

How’s he looked so far?

In a word, impressive.

 

Unfortunately fans have only gotten to see Tierney make a couple of appearances as a result of the injury he was recovering from in pre-season.

The star had a double hernia operation, causing him to miss most of the season so far.

In his starts against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege though, Tierney has already shown why Arsenal were so persistent in their pursuit of him.

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As Celtic fans know all too well, Tierney possesses a highly impressive ability to whip the ball into the box, and appears to be solid in terms of both attack and defence.

He’s already helped himself to his first assist against Liege and there should be plenty more of those to come.

Verdict

Tierney is already a hit for Arsenal, and he is going to greatly improve what has been a problem position.

The full-back has only been able to show glimpses so far, but he looks a top player and his Premier League debut is immiment.

Ominously, not only does Tierney look a top prospect out on the pitch, but he has also come across very well and professional in all the media he has done during his time at the club so far.

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