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'Perfect': Kevin Campbell says Arsenal brought on a substitute who was absolutely brilliant against Tottenham Hotspur
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'Perfect': Kevin Campbell says Arsenal brought on a substitute who was absolutely brilliant against Tottenham Hotspur

Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell says full-back Kieran Tierney was brilliant against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Speaking on The Highbury Squad, Campbell gave his lowdown on Arsenal’s fantastic performance against Spurs.

One of the players Campbell highlighted was Scottish full-back Tierney, who made a 17-minute cameo in the north London derby.

Tierney came on at left-back for Oleksandr Zinchenko with Arsenal winning 3-1 and having a one-man advantage.

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Campbell thought Tierney was ‘perfect’ off the bench, and has started to copy some of Zinchenko’s key traits.

“When Kieran Tierney came on, there was no drop off.” Campbell said.

“He knows exactly what to do, he can go into the midfield.

“He got a good shot off as well, which was turned around, and then when the time’s right, he goes back into his position of left-back. Perfect.

Tierney was brilliant against Tottenham

It’s been a case of remaining patient for Tierney this season.

Zinchenko’s arrival has limited his game time in the Premier League, making just three league starts so far this campaign.

Tierney’s featured in every Arsenal win this season, and Campbell thought he was ‘outstanding’ against Brentford.

Mikel Arteta has a happy conundrum on his hands having two in-form full-backs to choose from.

Campbell identifying that Tierney was getting into midfield shows he’s learning to mimic one of the key parts of Zinchenko’s game.

Zinchenko has also previously said he was watching Tierney while playing for Man City, so there’s plenty of mutual respect between the two defenders.

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With Arsenal still competing on all fronts this season, Arteta will have to utilise both players across all competitions.

However, Tierney’s brilliant performance against Tottenham will only give Arteta more confidence in the depth of his squad.

The 25-year-old Scot started Arsenal’s first Europa League match last month against FC Zurich.

It would be a surprise if Arteta didn’t start him against when the Gunners travel to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

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