Kieran Tierney Set for New Five-Year Arsenal Contract
Kieran Tierney is Strong Offensively and Defensively for Arsenal
The 24-year old featured in 27 games for the Gunners last season and shone in a side that ended up languishing in eighth place in the Premier League table.
Capable of contributing offensively as well as defensively (he had three assists to his name, had the ninth most crosses in the league and is in the top 83 percentile for xA as a full-back in the top five leagues) he is a valuable weapon for Arsenal to have at their disposal and they’re now seemingly prepared to offer him the chance to be their number one left-back for the next five years.
A regular for his national side of Scotland too, the only thing capable of keeping him out of the squad is the unfortunate fact that another of their best players in Andy Robertson also plays in that position.
He has gone from strength-to-strength since moving to England and is playing regularly for his country and is seen as having the potential to be one of the strongest fullbacks in Europe.
A Man in Demand at Celtic
He was highly sought after when he played for Celtic. Starting out for the club at just 17-years old, he won the title in his first campaign and then went on to win four more with the club before he left.
Tierney slowly began to establish himself as a first-team regular and important player, regularly producing the goods in the Scottish Premier League. In the 2017/18 campaign for example, he registered seven assists. That figure put him second in the league-wide assists chart despite the fact he is a fullback. He also consistently averaged a high number of assists per 90 minutes from 2016/2019 (he was ninth on the league-wide leaderboard for three seasons in a row).
After proving he was a top-level player – and bagging a few trophies along the way – he finally made the move over to England with Arsenal. Although he perhaps hasn’t had the start he would have liked for the Gunners, there is no question about his talent.
Arsenal Have Struggled Under Arteta but Remain Keen to Keep Kieran Tierney
Arsenal have struggled as a side over the course of the last two seasons and have even fallen out of European contention. Boss Mikel Arteta will be desperate to right that wrong next year and he certainly has faith in Tierney to help him do so, as proven by this offer of a new long-term deal.
It should keep the vultures from circling and trying to lure him away elsewhere – but Tierney will no doubt attract other suitors and although this deal could raise his transfer fee and therefore put off potential buyers, there is no doubt likely to be interest in a player who looks certain to be a top-level fullback for years to come if he can avoid injuries and continue playing on a regular basis for both his club and his country.
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