Kieran Tierney became, alongside David Luiz, one of two significant signings Arsenal made on the last day of the summer transfer window when they paid Celtic £25m to recruit him in an attempt to strengthen what has long been an unsettled defence. The full-back, who for even longer has been considered one of Scotland’s finest prospects, made a promising start under Unai Emery until suffering a dislocated shoulder. Emery, meanwhile, has since been sacked.
Arsenal are regardless demonstrating signs of improvement under Mikel Arteta, who has so far shown faith in the club’s younger players, so there is little doubt that Tierney will again get a chance to justify the club’s investment. “In the first week working with him, I could see after two or three days why there was a lot of clamour for him,” said Brendan Rodgers, who managed Tierney at Celtic, when the Scotland international joined Arsenal. “I’ve got no doubt he will do very, very well in his time.”