Mikel Arteta is hopeful that Kieran Tierney will be part of Arsenal’s squad for the clash with Watford on Sunday.
The Spaniard confirmed the Scotland international has resumed first team training following an ankle injury but will need to be assessed tomorrow.
“Kieran has been training the last two days and is feeling much better,” Arteta told his pre-game press conference. “Hopefully, he will be available.
“Let’s see in the next two training sessions how he’s feeling. He’s done bits with the team but hasn’t fully trained yet. In the next two days we’ll see how he is and how he’s feeling.”
In Tierney’s absence, Nuno Tavares has impressed at left-back leaving Arteta with a dilemma over who to pick once the Scot is back up to speed. As you might imagine, it’s not something that is concerning the boss.
“Hopefully, we can have more of those dilemmas,” he said. “We have top players performing at the top level in many positions because that only raises the quality, the standards and the performance of the team.”
Despite the upturn in form his players have shown, Arteta has spoken repeatedly about the need for his side to keep improving. With tough games on the horizon after the Interlull, he is determined his players sign off with a good performance against the Hornets.
“What I’m demanding is that we keep improving and getting good performance that are going to lead to results and that we maintain the same unity and togetherness around the squad and that we’re able to transmit that in games and every day in training. If we do that we’ll keep getting better.
“Every game is different. They [Watford] have a new manager [Claudio Ranieri]. They are a team that needs wins, as we do. In this league, any team can cause you problems, can beat you and you always need to be aware of that.
“They had an incredible run last year to do what they did and now they’ve changed the manager. It’s always difficult for any team in this league, so imagine coming from the Championship it’s even harder, but it’s a team that has been in the league many years. They are our neighbours, they are next to us, and like any team they are tough to beat.”