Mikel Arteta absolutely loved what 25-year-old Arsenal star did vs West Ham; he went onto pitch to high five him
Arsenal returned to Premier League action with an important 3-1 win over the Hammers last night.
It wasn’t all plain-sailing for Arteta’s side though as they found themselves 1-0 down at half-time after Said Benrahma converted from the penalty spot.
The Gunners dominated for most of the opening 45 minutes and thought they had found an opener through Bukayo Saka but it was ruled out for offside.
Arsenal continued to push West Ham deeper into their own half after the break and were handed a stroke of luck that they probably deserved on the balance of play.
Martin Odegaard’s mistimed shot fell kindly to Saka, who levelled up the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes of the second-half. Arsenal certainly pushed their advantage after the goal as they trapped West Ham deep into their own half.
And Arteta was spotted praising Tierney in the 56th minute as he prevented Vladimir Coufal from clearing the ball up the pitch.
Arteta loved what Tierney did
Arsenal were pressing relentlessly after getting their opener and Coufal attempted to clear the ball after Craig Dawson beat Gabriel Martinelli in the air.
But Tierney was there to prevent the Hammers full-back from getting his side up the pitch, much to the delight of Arteta.
The Spaniard can be spotted on Amazon Prime in the 56th minute applauding the 25-year-old, before stepping onto the pitch to high five him after the ball had gone out of play.
Arsenal got their noses in front just a minute later as Martinelli beat Lukasz Fabianksi at his near post. And Eddie Nketiah rounded off the comeback with a brilliant finish in the 70th minute.
Tierney has struggled for game time under Arteta this season after the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu’s performances at left-back.
It was Tierney’s first start in the league since September and it seems that his boss was happy with his efforts in the second-half.
The Scotsman will be delighted to have got the nod yesterday while Zinchenko continues to work his way back to full fitness. Tierney was a key player for Arteta over the past two seasons but has fallen down the pecking order in north London.
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