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Mikel Arteta wants to reconcile with Arsenal star who is set to be recall from loan

Mikel Arteta may want to reconsider his relationship with the on-loan player amid rumours that he may be recalled back to Arsenal this month

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Mikel Arteta may want to reconsider his relationship with Kierian Tierney with rumours the left back may be recalled from his loan spell in San Sebastian.

It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Arsenal, marked by consecutive defeats in the Premier League and a looming injury crisis, the club is contemplating a strategic move to address the challenges they face. 

The potential recall of loaned-out player Kieran Tierney, currently at Real Sociedad in La Liga, is under consideration as Arsenal seeks to fortify their defensive lineup.

The impetus for this potential recall is the recent injury setback suffered by Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has been sidelined with a calf injury of unspecified duration, as reported by the Daily Express

To counteract Zinchenko’s absence and bolster their defensive capabilities, Arsenal are weighing the option of bringing back Tierney, who has been showcasing his skills in La Liga.

Tierney’s loan spell at Real Sociedad has seen him make eight appearances in La Liga, contributing a single assist. Despite limited playing time, the Scottish international’s defensive prowess and versatility could offer a valuable asset to Arsenal, especially if he assumes a primary role at left-back.

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While Zinchenko has been known for his attacking contributions on the left flank, his defensive abilities have faced scrutiny, coupled with concerns about his physical stature at 5ft 9. In contrast, Tierney brings a more commanding defensive presence to the team. His ability to operate as a left-sided centre-back in a back three, in addition to his roles at left-back and left midfield, adds a layer of flexibility that could address Arsenal’s defensive needs.

Kieran Tierney

Arsenal may recall Kieran Tierney from his loan spell in Spain (Image credit: Getty Images)

Having experienced a challenging period under Mikel Arteta, this potential recall presents an opportunity for Tierney to revitalise his career ahead of the upcoming Euros in the summer. 

With Takehiro Tomiyasu set to return from injury but heading to the Asian Cup with Japan, the spotlight may turn to Tierney, who was once touted as a future captain for Arsenal.

Last season, the 26-year-old saw a decline in his status at the Emirates following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko and was omitted from any of the Gunners’ Premier League matchday squads this season. Despite attracting interest from multiple suitors, the Scottish international ultimately secured a season-long loan deal with Sociedad from Arsenal during the summer. Contrary to speculations, Tierney has clarified that he harbors no ill feelings about his departure from Arsenal, emphasizing that his desire for consistent playing time was the primary motivation behind the move.

During a press conference, Kieran Tierney explained the decision, stating, “I left because last season I couldn’t play a lot, and what I wanted was to play many games, trying to achieve it at Real. I don’t have any issue with Arsenal. Knowing that Real wanted to have me here, feeling all the love from the people here was very good. Being in the Basque Country, experiencing life here, and playing in La Liga are aspects I take pride in. I hope things progress positively for me here. I have already trained with my teammates, and I believe we will meet the challenges ahead.”

Tierney’s departure from Arsenal was influenced by a desire for increased game time, and he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to join Real Sociedad, highlighting the positive atmosphere and support he has received from the club and its fans.

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