Mikel Arteta provides Kieran Tierney update after early exit from Arsenal friendly8 July 2022
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has, on Friday evening, provided an insight into the wellbeing of star defender Kieran Tierney.
Scottish international Tierney, of course, set alarm bells ringing across the red half of north London earlier today.
This came after the 25-year-old, afforded his first appearance in Arsenal colours since picking up an injury all the way back in March, departed the club’s friendly meeting with German outfit Nurnberg with just half an hour on the clock.
Concern, in turn, inevitably began to spread, with Tierney’s ongoing inability to maintain fitness having proven a major source of frustration for all at the Emirates since his arrival back in the summer of 2019.
Any such fears of a fresh setback for the Scot, though, have this evening been put to bed.
Speaking to the media on the back of his side’s 2nd pre-season outing, Mikel Arteta was asked for an update on Tierney’s wellbeing.
And Arsenal’s boss went on to assure that his defensive star is ‘really good’, with his premature exit from the action on Friday having been agreed upon ahead of kick-off:
“He’s really good,” Arteta began.
“He’s been training really good. Obviously he’s been out for over three months now so we wanted to give him a proper warm-up, play the first half an hour and then get him out.
“So he was in good condition and there’s no issues there.”
🗞 The boss has provided a fitness update on Kieran Tierney 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 8, 2022
Turning attentions back towards the action itself at the Max-Morlock-Stadion, despite falling into an early two-goal deficit, Arsenal ultimately emerged on the right side of an eight-goal thriller with Nurnberg.
Summer signing Gabriel Jesus proved the star of the show, notching a brace whilst causing havoc in the heart of the hosts’ defence after being introduced off the bench at the interval, en route to an eventual 5-3 Gunners triumph.
Gabriel Jesus scores again! 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/HFtWDNhirs
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) July 8, 2022
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