Former Celtic star Kieran Tierney has explained what was in his famous Tesco bag for life that he claims left him open for a slagging.
The Arsenal left-back was pictured arriving at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium for an FA Cup clash clutching the supermarket accessory as his team-mates opted for more upmarket gear.
Tierney had the last laugh after he won the man of the match award that game and has kicked on despite injury setbacks since his £25million move last summer from Neil Lennon ‘s side.
The Scotland man starred as the Gunners marched to the cup, beating Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final.
And he told the Open Goal podcast : “I don’t think it’s that bad. I got slagged rotten from the boys and on the internet but it’s sound.
“It was my boots. Obviously, at the start of all this (coronavirus epidemic) we had to carry all of our own stuff, our boots and that.
“And I’m not sitting washing my boots every day so I’m carrying my boots from training the day before and they are stinking so I was like: ‘Get them in that Tesco bag and wrap it up.’
“I think there was a bit of chocolate in there as well for after the game.”
Tierney also singled out striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for special praise.
The Gabon striker has a special understanding through his team-mate’s range of long passing – with the left-back assisting a special goal in the FA Cup semi-final.
And despite celebrating his 31st birthday in June, Aubameyang is just as quick as lightning PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe according to Tierney.
He said: “Long balls, eh? If teams are pressing high then his pace…
“He’s the quickest player I have seen in my life. Kylian Mbappe was always the one I said was the quickest but he’s just as quick. He’s frightening.
“If the ball is in behind and he is running onto it…
“The one I have played over and he has scored, see his touch to take it on his right, and he still gets the chance to look up and square it and then puts it through the keeper’s legs. It’s unbelievable.”
Despite a cup success in his first season in London, Tierney is hungry for more.
The arrival of Mikel Arteta to replace Unai Emery in December last year has fans optimistic but the current squad are still learning under Pep Guardiola’s former apprentice – something that became apparent after an eighth-placed Premier League finish.
Tierney knows the club can and will be aiming higher for next season and the five-year turnaround of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool from the same league position to runaway champions of England acts as a window to what could be possible at the Emirates Stadium.
“It’s hard because the manager has only been here for seven months so it’s going to take time,” Tierney added.
“Everybody is trying to compare it to what Klopp has done with Liverpool and how they were and how long it’s taken them.
“But the end of the season is promising and we are confident going into next season…