Mikel Arteta quashed any fears that Kieran Tierney’s brief cameo in the 5-3 win over FC Nurnberg was due to injury, and was instead planned as a part of his comeback after knee surgery in April.
The left-back played just over 30 minutes before being replaced, leading to inevitable online speculation about his fitness. However, the Arsenal boss made it clear the Scottish international is being eased back to match sharpness, saying, “He’s been training really good.
“Obviously he’s been out for over three months now so we wanted to give him a proper warm-up, play the first half an hour and then get him out.
“So he was in good condition and there’s no issues there.”
The Spaniard was also delighted with the two goal haul for new signing Gabriel Jesus, who added plenty to the Gunners forward line as we came back from 2-0 down at half-time.
“He’s all energy,” said Arteta. “You see his enthusiasm, he’s always smiling, he’s always talking to his teammates and apart from that I think he brings a different level of desire and commitment and enthusiasm, so I think it’s really good.
And on his goals, he continued, “That’s why we brought him here: to put the ball in the back of the net and obviously for his confidence and for him to believe in what we are doing I think it’s really important and he’s settled really well.
“I know him really well because I worked with him before and I know that there’s not going to be any issue there.”