Mikel Arteta tips Kieran Tierney to become ‘special’ at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has high hopes for Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)
Mikel Arteta has high hopes for Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he can’t wait to have a fully-fit Kieran Tierney at his disposal as he believes the Scot could become a ‘special’ player for the Gunners.

The former Celtic captain made a move south of the border last summer after the Gunners agreed a £25million fee with the Bhoys.

Tierney was injured when he arrived for the club and made just five league appearances before suffering a dislocated shoulder.

That injury means Tierney is yet to feature under Arteta but the Spaniard has been impressed by the 22-year-old’s professionalism during his absence and believes the defender can become ‘special’ at the Emirates.

Arteta is excited by Tierney's return (Picture: Getty)
Arteta is excited by Tierney’s return (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Ian Wright, Arteta said: ‘I am really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play.

‘His attitude, his commitment, his willingness it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us.

‘It’s a shame [about his injury] but always it’s part of his development. In your career you go through these moments. I challenge him to say ‘Kieran how are you going to react to that? you cannot feel sorry for yourself, the level of pressure now is a bit higher but you have to deal with it.

‘You are playing with a top club, with expectations, deal with it!

‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player go and enjoy it.’

Arteta has impressed the Arsenal squad since replacing Unai Emery and has struck up a close relationship with the first team.

The Spaniard admitted it wasn’t ‘easy’ replacing Emery and says he inherited a club that was ‘disconnected’.

’It is happening [the transformation],’ said Emery.

‘Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club. ‘

‘I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone first of all has to feel in that way. ‘There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together.

‘First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be

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