Charlie Nicholas: Kieran Tierney an upgrade for Arsenal

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Former Gunners Charlie Nicholas says that although Arsenal have paid a significant transfer fee for Kieran Tierney, the new signing is an upgrade on both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.

The 22 year old followed the same path from Celtic to North London as Charlie, signing a five year deal today for a fee of £25m, making him the most expensive Scottish player of all time.

Speaking to the Sky Sports, the man who scored the goals to beat Liverpool in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup final, sounded pleased.

“He would be much better than what Arsenal currently have,” he said.

“What I can say as an Arsenal fan is they’re signing a very talented left-back who will get better. Arsenal will make him better.

“And the club had to make a statement of intent defensively because they’ve been lacking in that department.”

As for the price Arsenal paid, he continued, “My honest opinion is it’s quite a high price. Celtic have got very good value at £25m.

“I know Celtic fans say he’s worth £40m because of how much (£50m) Aaron Wan-Bissaka went to Manchester United for.

“He’s played in the Scottish Premiership, he’s a treble Treble winner and an absolute diehard Celtic fan but the time is right for Kieran to move on.”

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Newxieland
Newxieland

25m these days is an absolute steal!

Duno
Duno

My thoughts exactly but judging from the rest of his statement he was being frank.

Vamfort
Vamfort

I think the price is right and not a steal at all. Can’t compare his price with Wan Bissaka because United would just pay anything even if the price was 80m. Raul has really outsmarted the market. Hopefully he can outsmart the market on the selling part as well. Still got time to offload some players.

Richie

Agreed the price is right. Bassaka cost more because he already has Premier League experience and shown he can cut it in this league. Tierney is coming from the Scottish Premier League which, lets face it, is Championship/League One level.

kaius
kaius

To be fair, Celtic and Tierney have held their own against Bayern and City in the CL so they’re probably a level above that

Viva la prof
Viva la prof

I hope you aren’t talking about Mustafi, he’s not as bad as everyone says

db10s

Raul made some sleek play with the market and our finances. We all heard how we have 40-50 mil this summer? I think it was correct. Based on transfers in and out. We’ve only spent something like 50 mil.

Goonerink

so far, we can still see more players going which could take that figure down to 40m

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Announce Umtiti.

Flash
Flash

Tierney, Kolasinac, Holding, Mavropanos, Saliba, Chambers, AMN, Bellerin

8 players for 4 places
Average age: 22.75
Hone of them is older than 26

Hopefully: Good days ahead! 🙂

Xhakakaka
Xhakakaka

You do know AMN isnt a defender right?

Richie

AMN is a second choice right back now as we didn’t replace Leitchsteiner.

Flash
Flash

That AMN is not a defender is a myth in my opinion.
Whether the manager was Emery or Wenger he played as a defender 9 times from 10 matches. (LB, LWB, RWB or RB)
(I personally think – his best position is RWB)

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Not sure why you’re getting thumbed down for a pretty uncontroversial statement. Though I think the Mavropanos experiment is looking all but over, the poor guy has barely been fit since coming here.

Steiner
Steiner

I also thought this, but then Emery spoke about him in glowing terms midweek and made me think he is holding off to see how the current injury pans out.

Frog
Frog

No Shit Charlie. thanks Captain Obvious for this gem of insight.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Bit rich, given that you can’t string a sentence together.

Russ
Russ

I’m not sure who else you could find for sub £25m who is better/has better potential than him? Cracking deal all considered 👍

So pleased with this window, bring on Sunday!

Alex
Alex

First he is fit, second he plays, third we see.

SB Still
SB Still

Very good transfer window, now bring on the season.

Also, this is so much better to close the window before the start of the season.

non flying dutchman
non flying dutchman

Its definitely the right policy. But current situ surely leads to clubs in some countries holding out for closure of the English and Italian market to make it a buyers market with clubs in those leagues looking to offload.

Daithi
Daithi

8m for Luiz is great business,Tierney is a bargain too,i love that guy,,hail hail the celts are here!!

Grabs

22 years of age , a possible 10 years in front of him , 25 mill , absolute steal in today’s market

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If he’s up to the challenge.

Grabs

Champagne Charlie , 1987 league cup final , standing room only , Liverpool never lost if Ian rush scored first , 2.1 to the arsenal, thank you Charlie 👍

John
John

GONE
Amaechi
Asano
Bielik
Cech
Iwobi
Jenkinson
Koscielny
Lichtsteiner
Nwakali
Ospina
Ramsey
Thompson
Welbeck

LOANED OUT
Ballard
Nketiah
Saliba
Sheaf

RECALLED FROM LOAN
Chambers
Martinez
Nelson
Smith Rowe

LOANED IN
Ceballos

BOUGHT
Luiz
Martinelli
Pepe
Saliba
Tierney

That’s a pretty brutal transfer window in which overall, including the promotion to the first team squad of Saka and Willock, we actually look stronger than last year.

db10s

If you roughly do the figures. We’ve spent only 50 Mil give or take abit lol. Maybe that 40-50mil warchest wasn’t so far off. Great play using what little we have to buy some solid players. Maybe if we qualified for the CL, Iwobi could have stayed.

Santori
Santori

We’ve spent 25m on Tierney, prob 4m on Cebellos on loan, 6m on Martinelli, between 14-18m for Pepe and likely 7-10m for Saliba.

I think we’re closer to 59-60m

We’ve sold about 25m without Iwobi. Plus 40m in transfer war chest at start of summer.

We can prob sell 2 or 3 more players in Elneny, either of Ozil or Mhki, either of Mustafi or Chambers.

There is less pressure to make price with the remainder on potential chopping block bc of Iwobi sale.

OTOH Iwobi sale may be bird in hand but it makes us thin in options even with Nelson, Pepe,Auba (maybe one of the youngsters) out wide not to mention if Kolasinac is kept he can have function higher up.

Without Iwobi at 25m we could have made maybe potentially another 20-25m on remaining players on sale but of course there is an element of uncertainty and we would be maybe 10m short.

I’m not sure if we factored in Bielik sale.

Overall, I would have kept iwobi another season at least, ensured depth and tried to make up on remaining sales prospect even if at risk to potential loss of say 10m

Santori
Santori

Tierney chiefly upgrades Monreal bc the Spaniard looks leggy now. Kolasinac and AMN are far from perfect but are useful in a back 3 set up and we are never going to have perfect.

There is such a thing as improvement.

To think we had people linking us to Ryan Fraser and some Ligue 2 player called Claude-Maurice, the Arsenal fans all too gullible were bigging them up.

The only down side with Pepe is the amount of money may weigh on future summers particularly compounded by the unproven Saliba and we sold Iwobi who would have been useful on other flank regardless of Nelson or is Auba can play flank.

Luiz though is a band aid.

Like Lichstiener, Squillaci what some prefer to call”Panic Buy” but have avoided doing so conveniently.

The transfer team whilst better freed off shackles of Mslintat (Raul has a more pliant Edu for a reason) not particularly good fixing defense.

Luiz stats don’t compare terribly well to Mustafi except in through balls (which Mustafi also does). In all other areas, he lags the German particularly headed clearances.

Those who think he is less rash has less of a knack for concentration lapse should think again.

He is equal in sliding in. With a structured midfield like Sarri’s at Chelsea, Luiz is safe. In Arsenal’s more charitable midfield ahead of him, I’m not so sure he won’t struggle at 32yrs.

Yet again, we short changed ourselves but its easy to pull the hood over the fans’ eyes so why bother doing the really difficult thing?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

“…why bother doing the really difficult thing?”

Like buying the perfect-fit top-class CB that wasn’t actually available on the market, wasn’t affordable, and wasn’t pushing at his club to let him join us, you mean?