Arsenal legend Ian Wright has described Gunners defender Kieran Tierney as a “future captain” of the club.
During the game between Arsenal and Leeds at Elland Road last Sunday, Nicolas Pepe confronted Ezgjan Alioski and pushed his head into his opponent’s forehead.
The Whites man subsequently went to ground in the off-the-ball incident and, after consulting VAR, showed the Gunners winger a red card.
At the end of the game, which finished 0-0, Tierney approached Alioski, taking issue with the Leeds man’s reaction to Pepe’s actions.
The Arsenal left-back had to be guided away by teammates Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding, along with first-team coach Steve Round.
Speaking about Tierney in his Wrighty’s House podcast, the Arsenal icon said: “Kieran Tierney in the way he reacted at the end of that game, he’s a future captain for our club.
“Yes we know what Pepe did was silly and he will very much regret that but Tierney could not deal with the fact that a professional done that to another professional player, dived.
“Seeing somebody else talking to him, that really riled Kieran Tierney up, he’s not having that.
“You look at Tierney, it’s the attitude and the mentality that Arsenal need right now, not enough around him maybe, in his eyes, have got that.
“That’s why he went and approached Alioski to say to him you’re out of order.”
Can’t disagree with anything Wright has said there – Tierney appeared angry with Alioski’s reaction and, after the game, showed passion and heart in standing up to the Leeds man.
That said, it was a good job the 23-year-old was led away too, given the potential for further disciplinary sanctions heading Arsenal’s way had the situation escalated.
When a legend of Wright’s calibre endorses you for captain, then that’s a pretty big deal, and in the coming years, Tierney could and should be given the armband.