Tierney: Arsenal is a great opportunity for me

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Kieran Tierney admits leaving Celtic was the hardest decision of his life but he’s now looking to taking the next step in his career with Arsenal. 

After a summer of speculation, the Scotland international completed a £25 million move to the Emirates on transfer deadline day. 

Having had surgery on a double hernia earlier in the summer, the 22-year-old is hoping he’ll bit fit soon to compete for the left-back slot. 

In his first interview with Arsenal.com Tierney said: “It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make. 

“I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. 

“People need to know that as well. I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here.”

He also revealed that a desire to play in England has been a recent development. 

“When I was younger, it was always Celtic. The ambition was Celtic and that was my dream when I was younger. 

“But when you get older… I’ve done that, I’ve made my dream, I’ve lived my dream and I’ve loved every single minute of it. 

“Now I just feel was the right time to take a step on. I feel this is a great opportunity for me.”

He added: “It feels great, I’m delighted to be here [at Arsenal]. Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.”

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Thierry Eboue
Thierry Eboue

This bloke is the one I’m most excited about.

Just feels like a lock for the next 10 years – good luck Kieran and welcome to The Arsenal.

Reality check
Reality check

Me too.. Once he gets going he’ll go through walls for us, he’s that kind of a character. Hope he brings that fan connection back that makes the stadium a fortress.. that noise, that passion

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

@eeality check no pressure then lol

Dingle goonie
Dingle goonie

Looking forward to the new season and that’s a great feeling. Coyg

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

Looks the part in the Arsenal shirt.

Ayleym
Ayleym

For me this is the bargain of the the summer transfer window… great bit of business 👏👏👏

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

He seems like a really good dude that takes his commitments seriously. I dont doubt for a second that he is going to give 110% to The Arsenal.

Welcome Kieran! Here’s to you becoming the best LB we’ve had since Nigel Winterburn!

Bacary Lasagna
Bacary Lasagna

I live in Edinburgh and work with a number of Celtic fans. Whilst some of them have been more resigned to losing Tierney, others downright angry, they all say how good a deal it is for us and how good a player he is. I’ve asked about the injury stuff and they don’t really think it’s anything to worry about and one of the guys said that he’s one of their most reliable/available players.

I know we all want our own Andy Robertson and the two are similar but I also think that he may need a season to find his feet and truly show how good he can be. The prospect of a fully fit Hector and him racing down the wings does get me seriously excited!

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

On a side note…how good is Andy Robertson! I hope Kieran is as good as him…coz he’s by far the best full back in the league in my book.

Owain
Owain

I had to laugh when I saw a video of him doing keep ups in his new kit and remembering that that silly Scottish wotsit said that kicking a ball was causing him great pain.

Though, saying that, the same Scottish wotsit said he was a more rounded player than AWB and you have to agree with him. AWB had one breakthrough season and had an outrageous price tag. And to think we get Tierney for half of that cost.

Savvy business. Great signing

Gandalf
Gandalf

Lol he’s northern irish

Rich
Rich

I think we’ve manoeuvred well, but can’t see any significant improvement to the squad for this season.

Koscielny – Luiz: £8mill after losing Koscielny is good business, very different players, but I don’t think we’re likely to be any better or worse off overall.

Saliba: We’ve punted big on potential, hopefully it turns out to be a shrewd signing, but does nothing for us in the immediate.

Tierney: Has pedigree, but also has giant red triangles all over him, 300+ days injured in 3 seasons, he’s currently injured, has no pre season behind him, and we’re unlikely to see him in the league until October.

Rambo – Ceballos: We’ve seen with Kovacic, Fabinho, Keita last season, that they all took a long time to adapt to the intensity of the league, Ceballos could prove an upgrade long term? But if he does well? We could push him out of our range, if he tanks? It’ll mean he’s not settled, and our chances of success this season diminish.

Pepe – Welbeck: Wouldn’t surprise me if Pepe took a season to settle, Lacazette was relatively poor in his first season, he was lightweight and far too easily knocked about, Can see Pepe taking a while to settle in, and being nothing more than an impact player this season.

Nketiah- Martinelli: Unless we get injuries, I don’t see this change making too much difference

Iwobi-Nelson: Nelson looks to have much more end product, but at 19 will lack Iwobi’s physicality and experience.

We’ve freshened it up, added some width, but I think we’ll be reliant on improvements from within, with players like Leno, Guendouzi, Torreira, Niles, Willock, Nelson, needing to make some quick progress.

Hopefully we’ll renew Guendouzi ASAP, he’s a baller.

And get shot of Elneny + Mustafi permanently for £25-£30mill by the end of the month.

Sussexgooner
Sussexgooner

Wow – all sunshine and rainbows with you. Chill out, have a solero😎

Chiza
Chiza

Gosh.. I’m so filled with excitement for this season..i just want to feel a bit negative before i fall sick🤷🤷

Deep

Here are some things to give you that bittersweet feeling you need:
1) One of our own left to join Everton. Was at the club since he was 7 and rose through the ranks to make around 150 appearances fr the first team, that too by 23.
2) A fan who lived his dream and numerous other fans who lived their dream through him, finally left this year. Kept pushing hard and believing that he can play regular first team football for the club he is a fan of. Alas, not all dreams come true.
3) The man who put his body on the line for the club time and again, captained the side, stood like a rock through the era of a rocky Arsenal defence, came as a little know entity and became the best defender for arguably the best national team at the time – he refused to play for the club for some unknown reason and now he is gone too.

D-NO
D-NO

Very good to see the Arsenal make some solid moves to improve the side. Looking forward to new season. Here’s to everyone staying healthy!!!!

Gandalf
Gandalf

Freaking LOVE his accent.

Mintoes
Mintoes

“Obviously, I’m injured now…” hmm. Would have preferred we picked him up in January and let Celtic get him fit again before pulling the trigger. However, fingers crossed he’ll get back to 100% by November as he is an excellent prospect (if he can remain fit) for us.

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

I think I have found out why Celtic held out for so much money through a peek at their summer business. They lost a dozen or so players to frees and/or contract terminations. Tierney was the only outgoer that actually yielded any profit. Well we’re happy to oblige.

And a good ebening to you KT.

Santori
Santori

Good signing but at expense of what we really need to do.

We have been applying band aid for many seasons now.

Some fans prefer to continue to delude themselves, rationalise things much like when Lichsteiner was added last season.

Tierney should replace Monreal. he was slow against barca.

BUT with current thinking, I won’t be surprise if we sacrifice the stronger Kolasinac instead.

Again we should have not been distracted with Saliba and paid for a Cback earlier, Leaving to end of window, sellers could smell the desperation.

One step forward with Tierney one step back with Luiz.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, that’s true but there weren’t that many centre backs linked with us were there: Upamecano had a reported £92 million release clause, which is out of our financial reach, and Rugani, who we didn’t want to sign from Juve on a permanent basis. Can’t think of anyone else.

It’s always better to get business done early of course, but if there isn’t a permanent signing in the offing, then a short-term fix (and I know that’s what was said about Lichtsteiner, who was a flop) is the only option unless we rely on what we have – which, clearly, Emery felt he couldn’t do and we all know why. It’s not ideal but we are where we are and have to hope it works.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Also, terrible statement put out by Celtic after agreeing to the deal. Basically suggesting Tierney did a Kos and forced his way out. Absolute bullshit but typical from Celtic, fkn shithouse club.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.footballscotland.co.uk/spfl/scottish-premiership/kieran-tierney-arsenal-celtic-fans-16724912.amp