'I knew how good he was': Kieran Tierney says Arsenal have sold a player with 'a lot of ability'
Kieran Tierney has suggested to the Scottish Sun that Arsenal let go of a player with real ability in Matt Macey.
Macey came through Arsenal’s academy, but only ever made two appearances for their first team in all competitions.
In January it was decided that Macey should be let go, with Hibernian landing him, initially on loan before the move was made permanent.
Since that move Macey has been given far more first-team football.
And Tierney thinks that the goalkeeper can progress and become Hibs’ number one next season, due to his level of ability.
“Matt was unfortunate in that there weren’t many chances for him at Arsenal,” he said.
“But I knew how good he was and felt sure he could do a great job for Hibs.
“He’s signed a new deal at Easter Road, and speaking to him I know how much he’s enjoying it there.
“Hopefully, Matt can kick on and establish himself as the No 1 next season.
“That would be amazing for him. He’s a genuine guy with a lot of ability.
“Matt’s a hard worker. At Arsenal it wasn’t easy for him, not getting games.
“But every day in training he was on it 100 per cent, so he deserves the opportunity at a big club like Hibs.”
Good move all round
In truth Macey’s move away from Arsenal is likely to suit both player and club.
Tierney may be a big fan of the 26-year-old, but he never quite showed enough ability to become a genuine contender to be the Gunners’ number one.
Macey did, however, prove that he is capable of playing regular first-team football.
And a move to Scottish football with Hibs could be just what he needs, as he looks to finally establish himself as a first-team regular.
Arsenal are due to take on Hibs in a friendly this summer, which could see the two players come up against each other.