Kieran Tierney has moved to assure everyone at Arsenal that he will not be out for too long after having surgery on a double hernia back in May.
Tierney spoke about his move to the Emirates Stadium, and said: “It feels great.”
“Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.”
“I had a double hernia operation in the summer. I’m just getting back fit now, I’m just getting back involved with a ball and back running. So hopefully it’s not going to be too long.” (Source: The Mirror)
Tierney joins the club as a left-back with Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal also options for boss Unai Emery. With the season starting on Sunday and Tierney still a few weeks away from full fitness, Kolasinac and Monreal will look to compete for the starting berth.
Kolasinac was a key part of Emery’s side last season and will be looking to carry on his attacking threat down the left-hand side. However, the Bosnian was shocking defensively and struggled to average over one in many of the defensive categories.
Given Arsenal’s struggles in defence, conceding a mass 51 goals in the Premier League last season, Monreal would be the better option at left-back until Tierney is fit enough to start.
Emery needs to shore up what was a poor backline last season, with the Gunners potentially looking at four straight seasons in the Europa League if they continue to concede goals at the rate they did last season, 1.22 per game in all competitions.
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