Kieran Tierney was a much-loved figure at Celtic, and Arsenal fans will find it very easy to understand why.
Not only does he play with huge desire and commitment, he’s also really, really good, and since the restart has become an increasingly important part of the team.
The 22 year old has had a strange season, arriving injured, picking up another serious injury having made his comeback, and then enduring the lockdown and complete lack of football.
It meant he went over 6 months without playing, but now that’s he’s close to match fitness again, he’s impressing Mikel Arteta and his staff, as well as the Arsenal faithful.
“I think I can talk for all the staff when I say we are delighted with him,” said the manager.
“He’s a joy of a kid. He’s always willing to do more, he always wants to train harder, he wants to push himself more. He had some difficult moments since he joined but hopefully he feels settled.
“We really like him and we really support him. I really appreciate everything he’s done since we joined.
“For me, he’s a player who is a really good role model for any other player in the squad.”
The Scotland international provided a lovely assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the Gunners’ second at Wembley, and hopefully we’ll see further contributions like between now and the end of the season
Arteta also spoke about Granit Xhaka being an example to others after he overcame a difficult situation, citing his willingness to work hard and a genuine desire to play for the club.
With both Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi still excluded from the team, the Spaniard insisted a similar attitude could benefit them.
“That applies for any player and any member of the staff,” he said. “All players know this.
“If you show that, that you decide to do the best not only for yourself but for the team and for the club, I think everyone will welcome you. It’s not just me that needs to give the green light, it’s everybody that has to be supportive.
“You need to feel that support from everybody because otherwise it’s a very uncomfortable situation.”