Former Arsenal striker John Hartson spoke to TalkSport about Kieran Tierney after his performances for the Gunners since Project Restart.
The Scotsman had a torrid start to his Arsenal career after his £25 million move from Celtic last summer (Sky Sports). Tierney came in injured and missed the start of the season as a result. Once he was fit and available, he dislocated his shoulder and missed another few months.
The standstill in world football came at a good time for Tierney who worked on his fitness during the break. He was raring to go once football returned and he has been one of Arsenal’s best players since.
Tierney was integral for Arsenal in the semi-final and final of the FA Cup last season as well as in the Community Shield win over Liverpool at the weekend.
Hartson, like every Arsenal fan, was hugely impressed with Tierney after his display against Liverpool at Wembley and he has tipped the Scotsman to be Gunners skipper one day.
He said: “He’s an outstanding player. It’s good that he’s got an FA Cup winners medal under his belt, Community Shield medal under his belt. Now that he’s settled he’s a future Arsenal captain 100 per cent.”
Tierney a future Arsenal captain?
Tierney has gone from strength to strength at Arsenal, especially under Mikel Arteta. The Scotsman has been used at left-back as well as at left centre-back since Project Restart and he has been brilliant in both positions.
That versatility has come handy for Arteta. Tierney is still only 23 and has a long way to go in his career.
The Scotsman definitely is captain material and, if he continues the same way, there is no doubt that he will be wearing Arsenal’s armband in a few years when current skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves on.