'In perfect condition': Mikel Arteta says £25m Arsenal ace is now ready to explode
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Kieran Tierney is now “in perfect condition” and “ready to go”.
The Gunners boss shared the news at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Leicester.
Tierney came off the bench in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last Friday amid his recovery from a knee injury.
And ahead of Arsenal’s first home league game of the campaign, Arteta gave the 25-year-old a clean bill of health.
“He played 15 or 20 minutes last weekend and he did really well,” the Arsenal boss told the Gunners media team.
“He’s been out for a long time after the knee injury but he looks in perfect condition now and ready to go.”
Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best and most consistent players since his £25million move from Celtic in 2019.
However, he has had his fair share of injury problems, and the Gunners really missed him late on last season.
This summer, Arteta brought on Oleksandr Zinchenko as much-needed cover at left-back.
The Ukraine international can also play in midfield, another area Arsenal needed to bolster.
Now the Gunners aren’t so dependent on Tierney, this means he can be rested as appropriate.
Tierney has also been linked with Manchester City in recent days.
However, Arteta said he hadn’t heard anything about a potential move for the Scotland international.
“No,” he said. “And you know I’m not going to be commenting on individual cases.”
Arteta also confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira had returned to training.
“They’ve been reintegrated into training this week, all of them,” he said.
“They are in different phases but some of them will be in the squad tomorrow.”
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