John Hartson has explained that he’s a big fan of Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney and he’s convinced that he could be a future club captain at the Emirates Stadium.
The defender’s first season in English football last year was heavily disturbed by injuries, but in the closing stages of the campaign he started to show why he arrived from Celtic as such a highly-rated player.
Tierney, 23, has been an ever-present in a side that have become much improved in the past few months, winning an FA Cup and FA Community Shield in that time.
The left-footer is an attack-minded left-back that is quick going forward and has great delivery, but most importantly he’s made the backline look much more resilient and he appears to be a go-to man for manager Mikel Arteta.
He is at his best in a traditional full-back role, but has the versatility to slot into centre-back too as part of a back three and is defensively switched on.
Hartson watched that Scotland international during his time with Celtic and is a huge admirer of his talent.
“He’s an outstanding player. It’s good that he’s got an FA Cup winners medal under his belt, Community Shield medal under his belt. Now that he’s settled he’s a future Arsenal captain 100 per cent,” Hartson told talkSPORT.
Tierney was already showing massive leadership qualities at a young age in the Celtic team and his impact at Arsenal has been of no surprise to those who watched him regularly in Scotland.
His £25million (Sky Sports) transfer cost could turn out to be an absolute bargain for Arsenal, as he’s got a bit of everything you need in a full-back and should only continue to get better with a full season that isn’t wrecked by injuries.
Arteta has managed to make the Gunners look defensively sound after huge problems in the past and Tierney is certainly one of the most important figures in that backline.