Unai Emery says Kieran Tierney is ready to play against Sheffield United on Monday in what would be the Scotland international’s Premier League debut.
The 22-year-old left-back has looked impressive in his first two outings, in the League Cup and Europa League respectively, and will now challenge Sead Kolasinac for a regular starting berth.
Tierney missed the opening six weeks of the season while he recovered from a double hernia operation and sat out the recent Interlull on the advice of the Arsenal medical team. Sead Kolasinac meanwhile played two games for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“He’s ready to play,” said Emery when asked about his £27 million summer signing.
He added: “Now we have two options in that left-back role with Sead Kolasinac and him.
“We’re going to play a lot of matches after Monday. We will need every player. It depends how he comes into the first training with us, Sead, after his international matches.
“We now have two players in that position and we can use one on Monday, it depends how they are, one or the other.”
The boss also gave an updated on Alex Lacazette who has missed a month of action with a niggly ankle problem that was first picked up in pre-season against his former club Lyon.
Monday evening’s trip to Bramall Lane could come too soon, although the boss says he’ll monitor the Frenchman, voted the club’s player of the season last year, over the coming days.
“Today is his first training back with us,” confirmed the Spaniard. “He finished it well and he’s feeling well with his injuries. Tomorrow we will be training again and he will be with us. We will decide.
“The most important thing is that first he is training, then secondly it’s whether he can be with us and it depends how he can feel in the next days training with us, whether his ankle is not giving him any more problems.
“It’s positive for us that he’s started training and that he’s a possibility for Monday. I don’t know whether he’s ready for 90 minutes or on the bench. We’ll decide that over the next days, but it’s very important for him to come back to training with us.”