22-year-old Arsenal left-back set for the Premier League debut
Unai Emery has confirmed that Gunners summer signing Kieran Tierney is finally set to make his Premier League debut with Sheffield United. Scotland international underwent a double hernia operation in the summer and was in rehabilitation for the first six weeks of his stay in Arsenal following a £25m move from boyhood club Celtic.
Tierney made his first start in Gunners 5-0 victory against Nottingham Forest last month and impressed at the Emirates Stadium, managing 77 minutes of the Carabao Cup tie before being replaced by Hector Bellerin.
Kieran then played the full 90 minutes with Standard Liege in the UEL and assisted Gabriel Martinelli’s opener in a comprehensive 4-0 victory for the London club.
The Spanish tactician has been reluctant to rely too heavily on the 22-year-old defender following such a severe operation and requested that the left-back was rested during the international break.
Scottish starlet subsequently missed Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with Russia and San Marino but could be in line to feature at Bramall Lane on Monday night. ‘He’s set to play.
Now we have two options in that left-back position with Sead Kolasinac and him,’ Unai said. ‘We’re going to play a lot of matches after Monday. We will need every footballer.
‘It depends on how he comes into the first training with us, Kolasinac, after his international games. ‘We now have two footballers in that position, and we can use one on Monday.
Alexandre Lacazette has come back to training after missing Gunners last seven matches with an ankle injury, and the Spanish coach has hinted the French striker could return versus the Blades.