According to a report in Scotland, due to Kieran Tierney’s lack of game time so far this season, the ex-Celtic man will have to seriously consider his future at Arsenal if his game time doesn’t improve for the remainder of the season.
Kieran Tierney is still seen as a vital part of the Arsenal squad by Mikel Arteta and has spent more time on the pitch than fellow left-back Olesandyr Zinchenko due to injury. After a string of top performances from the Ukrainian, the Scottish left back now remains more of a second-string player for the matches against the top six.
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Japanese full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu also had a spell playing over Tierney at the end of the last season. Due to this reasoning, the former Celtic star will have to make a tough decision on his future at Arsenal come the end of the season.
One of the main reasons why Zinchenko is getting chosen over the Scot is because of the Ukrainian’s knack for getting in good midfield positions and intelligently dictating the player, a style Tierney isn’t particularly noted for.
It’s been previously reported that Kieran Tierney understands this & he’s working hard on his game to provide the service Mikel Arteta wants at left back. However adapting your game is never easy and it’s going to take KT time to get it right, it just depends if he gets enough time at Arsenal.
The Scotman has said in a previous interview that he likes competition, especially with someone like Zinchenko who is a winner and is only going to make him a better player. He’s also said he’s happy to fight for his place in the team for now, which I’m sure is exactly what Mikel Arteta wants to hear.
Tierney is a fighter, we all know that. He’s not a man who’s going to give up easily and sulk when he’s not starting games, however the bottom line is he will need chances from now until the end of the season in order to give him some hope he can make it back into the starting line-up at Arsenal.
Arseblog, who has some intel at Arsenal reported that:
“If we know anything about him (Tierney), it will be that this is hurting him. He wants to play every minute going, and right now he’s spending more time on the bench than he would like. Come the summer, if things don’t change, you can imagine that there will be a conversation between him and the manager – and as much as he’s a competitor, I don’t think he’ll be keen to spend another season in the same situation.'”
The Scottish full-back won’t be short on interest with the likes of Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelloti being a big admirer of KT, despite having Ferlan Mendy in the same position. Arsenal is expected to have significant talks in the coming summer transfer window about the future of Kieran Tierney and looks to come to a positive conclusion about the talented full-back’s future.