Arsenal: Kieran Tierney ‘a better defensive player’ than Andrew Robertson, says John Hartson

Arsenal: Kieran Tierney ‘a better defensive player’ than Andrew Robertson, says John Hartson

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson believes that Kieran Tierney can thrive at his new club, suggesting the 22-year-old is a better defender than compatriot Andrew Robertson.

Tierney arrived at Arsenal this summer for £25m, and made his first two appearances for the club in games against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege.

Welshman Hartson thinks that Tierney – who has recently returned to match action following a long-term hip injury – will perform well for the Gunners once he gets going in North London.

While he believes that Liverpool’s Robertson has a better crossing ability, Tierney’s defensive side could give the new Gunner an edge over the recent Champions League winner.

Via the Daily Record, Hartson said: “People talk about Andy Robertson. I would say at this moment in time he has better delivery, but Kieran is a better defensive player.

“Kieran gets low and defends well and he can also play as wing-back if needed.

“Once Kieran finds his feet, he will do well. Nobody wants to go to a new club injured and not to be playing.

“Kieran is a proud boy and he will be wanting to prove to everyone what a good player he is.

“He is worth £25m and he can excel in a different league because there’s a perception the Scottish league is just not as good.”

Only time will tell whether Tierney can help propel Arsenal to the kinds of heights Robertson has enjoyed at Liverpool, but the immediate aim for the Gunners’ Scot will surely be to get back to full fitness and break into the first team.

Tierney’s slow start to life at Arsenal may not have given the full-back an ideal beginning to life in England, though his assist for the opener in the Gunners’ win over Standard Liege in the Europa League is perhaps a glimpse of what can be looked forward to.

That would suggest his crossing ability isn’t bad either – if we believe everything Hartson says – though it will not be until he comes up against Premier League opposition when we are able to pass judgement on which club has the better Scottish left-back.

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