Tierney undergoes surgery for shoulder dislocation

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Kieran Tierney has had successful surgery on his dislocated shoulder, and now begins his rehabilitation.

The former Celtic man sustained the injury against West Ham last week, and now faces a three month recovery period before a return to first team action.

The 22 year old has had a difficult start to life in North London. A £25m deadline day signing, he arrived with a pelvic/hip injury which delayed his debut until the end of September when he played in a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

Since then he’s started eight times, and come off the bench twice for a total of eleven appearances.

It’s unfortunate for him on a personal level, but also for Arsenal. There are fitness concerns over Sead Kolasinac who appeared to suffer a sprained ankle in the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday.

It’s yet to be revealed how serious that problem might be for the Bosnian international, but without an obvious candidate coming through the youth system, we may have to ask Ainsley-Maitland Niles to fill in there if he’s out for any prolonged period of time.

It’s not ideal at the most hectic point in the fixture schedule, and it’ll be a challenge for the club – and the the imminent new head coach to deal with.

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Xanat
Xanat

Wish you a speedy recovery lad – we already miss you

Hello hi
Hello hi

Injury prone alarm bells ringing. We might aswell buy ankther left back in January aswell as a right back and centre back

Scott P
Scott P

Yeah, injury prone players just pop their arms out of the sockets left and right… Give the guy a break.

redvintner
redvintner

for all the attacking talent that is progressing up from the academy… why are we so bereft of defenders and DMs ready to fill the gaps and challenge for spots?

Longbow
Longbow

Because nobody wants to defend? I can see some of our first team players don’t.

DaDude
DaDude

Get well soon, Kieran!

Fart OverJars
Fart OverJars

why oh why oh why did we sign him in first place. what a disaster

Martin
Martin

Maybe because he’s rated as one of the best right backs in the country. Dislocating his shoulder could not be forecast.

Martin
Martin

I meant left back

SB Still
SB Still

You mean the other right 🙂

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

It is desperately unlucky for both the club and Kieran. I hope he makes a speedy recovery.

With regards to solutions at left-back, I’m not sure why our youth team keeps getting overlooked. We have a very capable young left-back in Tolaji Bola who has been with us for a number of years and a lifelong Arsenal fan to boot. He has represented England at U16, U17 and U18 level.

Rather than playing our first team members out of position, surely times like these call giving our academy graduates a chance to prove themselves. Why else keep them on the books?

T.A.
T.A.

I’ve watched Bols a couple of times. I very much doubt he can deal with the pace and power of the PL yet.

Obama Young

We need to add a fullback in January. Tierney is out till March, Bellerin is still recovering and will probably continue to miss time, Kolasinac is injured now too.
Ideally we’d find a solid defensive fullback who can do a job on either side. Don’t need a star, just an affordable, versatile guy who knows how to defend and who has awareness and will put in the effort.

I’d hope we’d add someone like Connor Roberts at Swansea and the Welsh national team: 24 years old, shouldn’t cost much, has played both sides, not a world beater but could do a solid job when called on and could be a valuable squad player for years.

Instead I predict we will add no one, and continue to play players out of position, rush injured players back, throw youngsters out there who aren’t ready, and overplay whoever we have until they break down again.

Onenil
Onenil

The glass was barely half full but City just drain it.

Santori
Santori

I hope Kolasinac recovers quickly.

It may have been a wise thing that he had the sense to signal to be taken off to prevent worse damage.

I have not seen a “Tierney masterclass” this season. He’s been decent but no better than Kolasinac has.

As mentioned always we need BOTH to be performing at high level.

Saka has come in to put in an admirable shift imo, a good if risky call by Llungberg he got right.

BUT we will need Sead to come back in sooner than later with again some very big fixtures through the new year.

Ceballos I hope will also be available shortly as Holding.

Regardless who comes in as manager, we need as many options as possible.

BUT the extra 10 percent effort is where its lacking. I see it in some players and the younger ones in particular but certain senior players need to step up (particularly the ones up top)

Again last match the first goal was Pepe with a poor effort to tackle and then he never really tracked back thereafter leaving chambers exposed for pace.

The second was on Martinelli. Hew as MOTM for me on our side but he failed to track back on that occassion to stop De Brunyne’s proverbial ‘unstoppable’ shot (Oxymoron)

And Kolasinac himself is without blame, the third goal he should have positioned better nearer Sterling rather than mark the centre of the box but it was a bit of a deflection.

Overall, we need the front man to sustain effort and track back (particularly Pepe and Martinelli out wide or Auba if he is functioning there)

The failure to do so leaves gaps between midfield and the attack. when the midfield try to cover either by coming forward, the defense we have is reluctant to commit (bc they had two pacy forwards on them) leaving another gap in behind the midfield.

Or if the wide players do not do their job instead prefer to raise their arms (Pepe) and complain to the ref, then the mids have to cover sideways leaving again huge gaps in the middle.

Which is why to many extent, it is not surprising that with or without Granit, it makes no difference. Torreira has not made us any less leaky or asserted any more control in midfield.

This game requires all parts to be played. We are disjointed and some players higher up are taking luxury.

As I mentioned, we need a gaffer strong enough to say you are being judged on your off ball performance. The moment you slack off, we take you off.

I don’t see that in Arteta.

The fear is we are not City and that aside, he has insufficient man management experience as he works on the coat tails of Pep.

City players give Arteta their ear only bc of Pep.

Come to Arsenal, he has his work cut out for him. He will have to try and cajole the likes of Pepe to work much harder. BUT if that fails, is he the type that can instill a sense of fear in the winger? Is he too chummy with Ozil to draw the line in the sand?

I would have preferred Simeone bc frankly what we need is to squeeze work out of these players and have a defensive structure but also the fear to instill the proper discipline to sustain effort.

Mattizle
Mattizle

the whole situation reminds me of another full-back we’ve signed a couple of years ago from Newcastle. Let’s hope it doesn’t wnd the same way!?