Kieran Tierney set for Arsenal Premier League debut

Former Celtic star is in line to start for the Gunners in the clash with Sheffield United at Brammall Lane.

It’s been a game of patience for Kieran Tierney at Arsenal since his record breaking deadline day move from Celtic.

The £25million left-back spent his first six weeks in London in rehab as he returned to full fitness after a double hernia operation which curtailed the end of his Hoops career.

He finally made his top team debut in a 5-0 League Cup crushing of Nottingham Forest last month and followed that up with a starring role in Arsenal ‘s 4-0 Europa League thrashing of Standard Liege two weeks ago.

But the 22-year-old was deprived of a long-awaited Premier League debut against Manchester United as Unai Emery eased the Scotland international back to match fitness.

For that reason he also requested to be left out of the Scotland squad for this month’s double header against Russia and San Marino.

But the path has now been cleared for Tierney to establish himself as a first pick in the left-back slot at the Emirates.

He is in line to make his Premier League bow against Sheffield United at Brammall Lane in Monday’s night’s live television clash after making another closed doors appearance.

Tierney was one of a clutch of top team stars involved in a 2-2 draw with Reading over the international break.

Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding were all involved as Emery gave his players who were not on international duty some invaluable game time.

Tierney was left out of Steve Clarke’s squad for the latest Euro 2020 qualifiers after it was decided he should stay back to work on his fitness following his long lay-off.

“Arsenal have indicated to us that they’d prefer us not to select him at this moment in time because he’d only played 70-odd minutes of football,” Clarke said.

“You have to respect the club’s decision on that. I’d like to get Kieran in the squad and have him as part of the group but at this moment in time it’s more important that he gets minutes on the pitch and gets himself back to full speed.”

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