Kieran Tierney hails Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as a ‘football genius’ who has shown him a ‘new light’

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Mikel Arteta has a big fan in his squad (Picture: Getty)

Kieran Tierney has labelled his manager, Mikel Arteta, a ‘football genius’ who has shown him a ‘new light’ on football in north London.

Tierney has been one of the most reliable performers of the Arteta era at the Emirates and certainly one of Arsenal’s better players this season.

While many players have been in and out of the team over the last 18 months, when Tierney has been fit he has been a nailed on selection at left-back.

Although Arsenal have struggled for consistency and are currently a disappointing 10th in the Premier League, Tierney says he is loving life under Arteta and cannot speak highly enough of his manager’s mind for the game.

‘We know what he wants to do, and we’re getting – well, we hope we’re getting better every week and hopefully the results show that,’ Tierney told Sky Sports.

‘It wasn’t going to be something that would just going to happen straight away because it’s a process.

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Kieran Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best players since arriving from Celtic (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The manager is a genius. A football genius. You can see we are all loving working under him and me especially, I love it.

‘Every day I’m learning, he has shown me a new light onto football. I’m seeing it a different way now and I’m watching other teams and looking at tactics and that’s just because of the way he has made me think about it.’

The feeling is mutual between player and manager with Arteta singing the praises of the Scot as well this season.

Speaking in February, the Gunners boss said: ‘He has been fantastic since I have been here, the moment he got back from his shoulder injury he has been terrific he is a lad who gives everything and brings a great energy.’

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