After joining Arsenal, Mikel Arteta says Kieran Tierney “struggled to leave home” before finally adapting and becoming one of the club’s best players.
After being signed for £ 25 million in August 2019, the Scotland international had some trouble integrating into the Gunners’ team. He had to suffer hip and thigh injuries as well, but now he seems to have settled completely in.
Arteta is happy with what he saw from the former Celtic defender and was proud of the fact that last weekend he scored a goal and gave Alex Lacazette an assist in the Gunners’ comfortable 4-0 away win against West Brom.
And the Spaniard disclosed that it had taken some time for KT to find his feet. I see a player with enormous talent, with the perfect attitude and dedication, and then a guy who is a pleasure to work with,”From the moment I came to the club and he went through his shoulder injury, I see a player with enormous talent, with the perfect attitude and dedication and then a kid who is a pleasure to work with,”from the moment I came to the club and he went through his shoulder injury.
“And I’m so happy for him, for the goal he scored, for everything he did to get better every day, towards the team, towards the club. He had some problems to adapt. It was a challenge for him to leave home and we are all trying to help him because the boy really deserves it. It’s a pleasure to work with him.”
Arteta also strongly claims that if he retains his form and adds to his experience off the pitch in the land of the giants, Tierney has what it takes to one day become Arsenal captain. “I think he can [captain]because he has the respect and admiration of the team and all the players,” he said.
That’s just the way he is, he’s doing it in a normal way. He’s a quiet boy, yet he embodies all of us in the club, all the ideals we want to install. He can always grow, but he’s a real assault danger right now and he’s been really good defensively.
He’s so humble, he was so badly injured, he was away from home, but he’s a natural leader. He says the right things when he talks, and again, he is just what we’re looking for, and I’m very glad to have him on the team.