Report: Arsenal players told Kieran Tierney to tone down commitment in training

Report: Arsenal players told Kieran Tierney to tone down commitment in training

ESPN have claimed that Kieran Tierney was urged to tone down his commitment during Arsenal training, as the Gunners squad had been accustomed to less strenuous sessions under both Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery.

Tierney, 23, joined Arsenal last summer from Scottish champions Celtic and struggled with hip injuries during his early months at Arsenal – before dislocating his shoulder in just his 11th Gunners outing. But since the return to football, he has starred.

The Scotland international has started the last four Arsenal league matches – with the Gunners winning three of those four outings and conceding only once. He is now expected to start against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.

But reports state that Tierney was told by his teammates to tone down the aggression and commitment during training, with the Gunners squad having got used to easy sessions. Tierney was taught to train as you play, at Celtic.

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TBR’s view – Tierney the catalyst for Arsenal change?

Under Mikel Arteta, that has all changed. Standard have increased and those faltering Arsenal players that were getting by at 80% have been told to up their game. Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi have been left by the wayside.

Tierney, along with the youthful exuberance of Bukayo Saka, is the face of the new Arsenal. Aggressive, hungry and determined, Arsenal are beginning to show signs of improvement and that Tierney tenacity has certainly helped.

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