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Pundit says Arsenal player lacked bravery against Palace, during commentary

Andy Townsend claimed during co-commentary on PLP that Kieran Tierney lacked bravery on the left flank, as Arsenal drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace.

Alexandre Lacazette’s late strike saw Arsenal earn a point, leaving Patrick Vieira in despair – having conceded similarly to Brighton before the break.

It came after Palace cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener. Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard got themselves on the score sheet.

Tierney, 24, clocked up his 70th appearance for the Gunners – his 50th Premier League appearance. But it was a subdued display from Tierney.

One of Arsenal’s best performers last season, the ex-Celtic ace is yet to reproduce that form this time around. Townsend has criticism of Tierney.

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During his co-comms role alongside Martin Tyler, Townsend accused Tierney of being too cautious – and that he needed to show more bravery.

“When the ball has come out to Tierney, he has just rolled it into midfield. Get the ball out of your feet, be a bit braver and run at the Palace defence.”

Townsend on Tierney: Stats prove pundit is right about Arsenal man

WhoScored report that Tierney finished the game with Arsenal’s second best pass completion stats – completing 52 of 56, a huge 93%.

He was only behind Albert Lokonga but the fact is, is that Tierney’s stats are high because he did not take any risks with his passing.

The left-back took the asy option more times than not, laying off to Lokonga or Thomas Partey – or back to his centre-backs on a regular basis.

He is so much better than that, capable of assists and goals. In 170 Celtic games, he produced 45 goal involvements – scoring eight and creating 37.

Townsend is right, £110k-a-week (Spotrac) Tierney was too safe.

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