Having been full of praise for Kieran Tierney after the 2-1 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Sunday, Mikel Arteta has again spoken about the quality of the left-back in the build-up to Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Norwich.
He revealed the Scotsman is now well settled into the club after his deadline day move from Celtic, and an unfortunate first season with a number of injury problems to contend with.
“He’s been one of the positive things since I joined,” said Arteta.
“Just to get to know him a little bit and his character and the way he trains and the way he pushes himself, it’s exactly what we need.
“He’s the kind of player that I love and I am really, really happy with him. He’s had some really tough moments since he joined the club but now he’s much happier and he’s settled.”
The Arsenal boss also had words for Dani Ceballos, although refused to be drawn on whether the on-loan Real Madrid mad was someone he’d like to sign on a permanent basis.
“I am really happy with the way Dani’s progressing,” he said. “I know how tough it is to come from Spain and join this league.
“As well, he had a really tricky injury while I was joining the club but I used him in different positions and his attitude is top. He loves football, he breathes for football and you can see that with every reaction on the pitch.
“Every time we score a goal, you look at him and it’s like he’s been here for six years, the way he feels about winning a football game.
“I love that about him.”