Kieran Tierney apologises for dressing room celebration after Arsenal beat Man City

Kieran Tierney apologised for his crude gesture during Arsenal's dressing room celebrations following their win over Man City
Kieran Tierney apologised for his crude gesture during Arsenal’s dressing room celebrations following their win over Man City (Picture: Getty)

Kieran Tierney was forced to apologise after he was photographed celebrating Arsenal’s win over Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with an offensive gesture.

The summer signing from Celtic was at the heart of a magnificent second half rearguard action as Arsenal booked their place in next month’s final against either Chelsea or Manchester United.

Two goals from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped end a run of seven consecutive defeats against City for the Gunners, whose players were in justifiably jubilant mood in the dressing room afterwards.

Tierney, however, was quick to shoot down the suggestion that his gesture had any significant or wider context and claimed it was part of a running joke with the club’s kitman.

‘Didn’t realise this was getting posted,’ he said after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez uploaded the customary dressing room selfie. ‘Was a joke with the Kitman. I’m so sorry if it caused anyone offence – wasn’t meant in any way.’

While the finer aspects of Tierney’s defensive game were on show at Wembley, he still had time to produce some of his customary attacking forays, one of which helped create Aubameyang’s second goal, not that the former Celtic star was willing to take any of the credit.

He said: ‘It was tough, we knew we would have less of the ball against City and you have to take your chances when you get them. Aubameyang does what he does.

‘We have to suffer together in games like this, When we get the ball we have to play well but we know we will have 5-10minute spells when we won’t see the ball.

‘Aubameyang has done it for so long, it’s an honour for me to play with him. That ball I played isn’t a goalscoring ball but he makes it one.

‘We are building for something big.’

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