Kieran Tierney Signs New Long-Term Arsenal Deal

Scotland’s defender Kieran Tierney runs with the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D football match between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on June 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

Tierney, 24, whose new deal reportedly takes him up to 2026, was a rare bright spark in a desperately disappointing season for Mikel Arteta’s men, who finished eighth in the English top-flight.

Since joining from Celtic for £25 million ($35 million) in 2019, Tierney has consistently been one of the Gunners’ best performers and has earned his status as a fans’ favourite.

“The club have been brilliant with me, so I am more than happy to extend it (the contract). I’m absolutely delighted,” Tierney told Arsenal’s website.

“I think the vision of the club, where it wants to go, and the expectations of the club are why I signed. Where I want to be in football is at the top. There’s no doubt about it, we’re not where we want to be just now, but we’re going in the right direction.”

 

Scotland’s defender Kieran Tierney runs with the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D football match between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on June 22, 2021. (Photo by Stu Forster / POOL / AFP)

 

Tierney excelled on the left side of a back three as Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2020 and he has also featured prominently in that position for his country.

His loss to a calf injury was a major factor in Scotland losing their Euro 2020 Group D opener 2-0 to the Czech Republic.

Tierney’s return helped inspire a much-improved performance in a 0-0 draw against England before Scotland bowed out of the tournament with a 3-1 defeat to Croatia.

Arteta hailed Tierney’s commitment to the club as “great news” as he tries to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around.

“KT gives us so much extra strength both defensively and offensively and it’s great to know that he’ll be with us for the long term,” said the Spaniard.

“Since his move from Celtic, his work ethic and quality has ensured that he is already one of most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the pitch.”

Arteta Doubtful Tierney Will Feature For Arsenal This Season

Arsenal’s Scottish defender Kieran Tierney (L) clears the ball in front of Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (C) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 3, 2021.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said on Wednesday he was uncertain whether Scotland international Kieran Tierney would play again for the club this season after he suffered knee ligament damage against Liverpool.

The 23-year-old full-back limped off before half-time in a 3-0 Premier League loss at home to Jurgen Klopp’s men on Saturday.

Arsenal confirmed on Wednesday that Tierney suffered knee ligament damage during the game and could be sidelined for the next six weeks.

If that is the case, he could return for the final league game of the season at home to Brighton on May 23 — with the Europa League final taking place three days later.

But Arteta, speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie against Slavia Prague at the Emirates, was keen not to make promises over Tierney’s immediate future.

“We have to make sure first that he doesn’t need any surgery, which it doesn’t look like,” he said.

“If that’s the case, the timeframe will be around that (six weeks). It could have been worse because the action looks quite scary but he’s feeling better and the damage is not that bad.

“At the end of the day, it’s not the bad news that maybe we were expecting after the game.”

Arteta also stopped short of confirming whether he felt Tierney would be fit for Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign, adding: “Again, it will depend on how things evolve in the next few weeks.

“He’s so keen to play for us before the end of the season and he’s extremely keen to represent his country in the Euros.”

The Euro 2020 tournament, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, starts on June 11.

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Scotland’s Stuart Armstrong Tests Positive For COVID-19, Tierney, Christie To Self-Isolate

File Photo of Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney

 

Scottish football chiefs have announced that Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie will miss Thursday’s European Championship play-off semi-final against Israel after Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus.

The Scottish Football Association said the Southampton midfielder had returned a negative test for Covid-19 on Monday but a supplementary UEFA test returned a positive result.

“Stuart will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test — Tuesday, 6 October — and will now be unavailable for the forthcoming international matches,” the FA said in a statement.

All other members of the squad returned negative tests but the FA said two players and two members of the backroom staff had been identified as close contacts.

“As a consequence, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie, along with one physiotherapist and one masseur, will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday), and will also miss the forthcoming matches,” the statement said.

It means all three players will also miss Nations League matches against Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Tierney will also miss Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on October 17, while Celtic midfielder Christie will be absent for the first Old Firm game in 10 months against Rangers on the same day.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke said: “While this is obviously disappointing news, the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group.”

He added: “We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.”

If Scotland beat Israel at Hampden Park, they would play Norway or Serbia in November for a place at next year’s postponed Euros

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Arsenal Seal Deal For Tierney, Close In On Luiz

David Luiz                                                                        Kieran Tierney

 

Arsenal significantly bolstered their defence in the final hour of the Premier League transfer window by completing the signing of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic with Chelsea’s David Luiz also expected to complete a move to the Emirates on Thursday.

Scotland international Tierney had been a target all summer for the Gunners and agreement of the payment structure of his £25 million ($30 million) move from Celtic was eventually agreed on Wednesday night.

“We’re delighted Kieran is joining us. He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

“He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”

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Brazilian centre-back Luiz’s £8 million move across London is expected to fill the void left by former captain Laurent Koscielny’s acrimonious departure to Bordeaux earlier this week.

Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season to miss out on Champions League football for a third consecutive season.

The double swoop would complete an impressive window for the Gunners despite missing out on the riches of the Champions League.

A club record £72 million was splashed on Nicolas Pepe from Lille to complete an exciting trio of attacking talent alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Emery’s midfield options were also boosted by the loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.

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