Emery: Tierney is ready to play

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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.”

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Matt
Matt

“We now have two players in that position and we can use one on Monday, it depends how they are, one or the other.”

It’s true. Likewise, I have two sandwiches in my bag. One was made today. The other I forgot there a few weeks back and is by some way no longer edible. I can eat one of them today, it depends how they are, one or the other.

SB Still
SB Still

Its commendable of Emery to have been speaking in English from the 1st interview. However, it’s one of those areas where we have been truly spoiled by his predecessor.

I know Emery is a native speaker but I’m tired of hearing (reading*) “The most important thing is that first he is training…” in Ozil, Lacazette and Tierney articles.

*Anyone else while reading quotes, reads it the person’s voice being quoted?

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Every manager repeats themselves with their own little phrases, it’s impossible not to with the amount of media we demand from them.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

“Tierny had a little bit the double hernia problem….six to eight weeks. He’s back with great mental strength, and he’s ready to play”
There…fixed it for Emery.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Nice photo. Who shot JR?

Dave
Dave

Sead is an Arsenal player, and one who’s not done anything to warrant being compared to a mouldy sandwich. He’s better in a back 5 but he’s hardly done a Mustafi. Get behind him, we’re still likely to see a lot of him in cup games.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

I agree. Best left full back in the Bundesliga when he joined us. What did we do to him?

btw
btw

I think he has been quite decent recently with important defensive contributions. I cringe a little when blogs lays into him with regularity, but everyone has their favorites.

Neil
Neil

And to be honest….Mustafi has looked more solid in the few minutes he’s had. He’s still a Gunner, and perhaps one should lay off him as well.

N10
N10

w00ts, this kid is awesome, gonna take our game to another level….

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

Have we came up with chant yet for him?

Josiah
Josiah

Whatever it is, the chant should incorporate the “Thierry” pronunciation similarity

Tieri Anri
Tieri Anri

Kieran Tierney, ya!
He’s back from his hernia

He’s whippin’ crosses in
With him in the team we go for the win

And keeping some clean sheets aswell
Makes it not so sad the Nacho farewell

He has great delivery both front and back
Maybe his intro prevents Emery’s sack

(Find some traditional Scottish waltz theme with bagpipes for it)

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Emery keeps reminding us how many games we have coming up all bunched together due to meaningless internationals. However, he has to make a choice on the back in the premiership games on the back four. He can’t keep rotating they need to get to know each other and find consistency if we are to finish 4th or above. Don’t even get me started on the midfield. My fear is we are in mid October and he doesn’t know he’s best eleven.

mrugunner
mrugunner

don’t worry. it can go til December

Martin
Martin

Considering that our best defenders have been missing and Lacazette has been out too it hasn’t been easy.

Ayleym
Ayleym

Reading lots of positives today for the mighty gunners

BleedRed
BleedRed

Start Tierney Monday!!!!! Lacazette is my favorite but doesn’t seem like he is match fit yet so let’s not risk him just yet

Man Manny
Man Manny

Does the return of Tierney threaten our PAL offensive?
I suspect Auba is tailormade to put those delicious crosses away; that means he is most suited to play through the middle.
If the rumour that Lacazette was up for sale in the summer has any truth in it, I think we might gradually see Martinelli or Saka on the left, Pepe on the right, and Auba and Laca alternating in the middle.

sAMa
sAMa

Are you the type that likes making rumours from nothing? I think it was Aubamayang the media was talking about. So, this our potent strike force you don’t like it?

Neil
Neil

Excellent news. Are Bellerin and Ozil ready as well?

Man Manny
Man Manny

With the first team more or less complete, we can look forward to better performances.
Leno
Bellerin
Sokratis
Holding/Luiz
Tierney
(Willock) Xhaka – because he’s captain.
Guendouzi (Torreira)
Ozil – he’s improving in training.
Pepe – I think he’ll come good eventually.
Lacazette
Aubameyang.
Bench
Emi, Chambers, Sead, Willock, Torreira, Saka and Martinelli

That team is a shoe in for top 4 with some matches to spare.

Rich
Rich

Think it’s safe to assume Tierney will start on Monday, and will be given a steady run in the league, from the two games I’ve seen, our strikers should be excited about playing with Tierney.

Saka has done well, but Martinelli has to be pushing for a start, he was a handful when he came on against Bournemouth, he really puts himself about.

Controversial opinion….. but all we have to do at Bramall Lane is win, keep chalking points, make ourselves hard to beat, and build from there.

The Arsenal
The Arsenal

Tired of seeing Kolasinac get into a great position only to hit the first man from a cross. Although I have seen improvement in his defending I really want to see Tierney’s delivery coupled with Aubas movement in the box.

sAMa
sAMa

You are not alone on this one bro. Tierney needs to start playing regularly, he will contribute more from left wing.

Oneil
Oneil

This something that is going to boost the team ability to control games, also regardless that Shaka is the captain is stats is not favorable for him to start go with Tierny and best central midfielder from Uruguay and Arsenal would be force to recogn with.

Santori
Santori

I think we will see him start on Monday.

International break was convenient enough gap to ready him for the main competition.

Plus Kolasinac will have to come back from Internationals.

…that said, as I mentioned elsewhere, we will NEED all assets ad it is not an automatic given that Tierney is necessarily first choice.

Kolasinac has much improved this season.

Tierney I feel will be good for us and the return of Bellerin will also help our cause.

that said, Chambers has also impressed recently given opportunity to perform in his natural position before Wenger got distracted and tried to first convert him to midfield and then Cback.

So all assets will come into fore as we go through a busy period quite obviously needing rotation particularly in the fullback area where energy output is highest.

One player I will be concern with is AMN. He has done generally well at fullback and has natural recovery rate but tends to be at times a bit too casual.

Still it is important to remember he is only 21yrs.

Some may prefer to see him in midfield but frankly, if he is already casual out at fullback, it will be even more dangerous to have him in the middle area.

Instead I feel given Pepe (forget Ozil) has as yet flattered to deceive ( am concern with his off ball output now), and given current knock to Nelson, AMN may have a role out wide as an alternate on the wing with bellerin back to hold in the fullback role.

AMN has put in some excellent crosses/assists and is not afraid to have a go at the opponents even if sometimes, he lacks conviction of his own abilities. A double barrel set of fullbacks in Bellerin and AMN playing tandem on the right is not a bad thing either.

Santori
Santori

The fullback options now with Tierney, Kolasinac one side, Bellerin and Chambers other flank (plus AMN) will hopefully give us a boost.

BUT still many issues to work on with team effort through the 90 minutes. Part of our issue with gaps between midfield and defense is the lack of concerted pressing.

Even without Ozil or otherwise, we have tendency to get disassociated and drop our efforts off the ball.

It is common for us to have gaps to defend at the back. Particularly, we play often on the front foot high up against opponents who prefer to cede territory thereby having us camped in their half.

Therefore it is natural for us to be caught on the break. how the midfield and backline delay the action and allow for reinforcements to return to manage these forays against us is one thing.

BUT we also need to be very forceful in pressing quickly when we get turned over. Some times we have been effective for half a game but the level tends to inexplicably drop second half.

Part of it as I mention is due to one or two players higher up dropping their effort or losing energy levels so may be resolved by quicker response from the bench still.

BUT part of it is leadership on the field. If we are struggling to match levels, we need to be doing the simple things, getting compact and start to find each other again (QUICKLY) with passes. In that we look like we are trying to resolve these issues but it will take some work.

BUT also the top end (Auba in particular but also Pepe) need to understand that when we are under sustain duress, they need to provide protection and outlet when we do get the ball on the break. In this, we have also work to do. Whenever they lose the ball (cheaply), the pressure comes right back at the defense.

And the keeper (Leno) also needs to figure out when to go long and when to play from the back. This is still an issue (where i feel Martinez in some sense manages it better). Last game, Leno lumped the ball forward toward the end of the game when we were struggling for control.

The assets higher up in Auba and Pepe were not Henry or Pires. each time Leno did this, our front men inadvertently lost the ball and the pressure came right back at us.

This sort of game management needs both individual responsibility but maybe also someone to dictate a bit of common sense.

I’m not sure if Granit or Sokratis have that but to me, they are the closest we have to any semblance of leadership…not saying much maybe but clearly, someone needs to be executer to Unai’s dictates form the bench rather than this 5 captain nonsense and everyone looking at each other.

I’d pick one or BOTH of Granit and/or Sokratis and get them to enforce Unai’s dictates from the bench. Neither have to be Beckenbauer. They just have to enforce discipline and make sure we work to a plan. If there is a change bc of necessity half way through a game, at least there is enforcement (hopefully).