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Tierney: Odegaard and Spanish contingent told me I’d love Sociedad

Kieran Tierney says he wanted to join Real Sociedad the moment he learned of their interest and says Martin Odegaard, who previously spent a spell on loan at the Reale Arena, and the club’s Spanish coaches all backed the move.

The Scotland international signed a season-long loan with the San Sebastian outfit at the end of August and made his debut during Saturday’s 5-3 win over Grenada, playing 69 minutes.

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the full-back who is currently on duty with his country ahead of a European qualifier with Cyprus and a friendly with England.

“My Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, who has played for the club, was able to tell me everything about the club and the city,” Tierney told the Scottish Sun. 

“He thinks it is a great move for me. Martin has been a massive help.

“I had different options but told my agent that my heart was set on Real Sociedad and from the first moment I arrived I knew it was 100 per cent for me. Everyone has made me feel wanted.

“There’s a few Spanish coaches at Arsenal and they all said that personally and professionally I would love it at Real Sociedad. They felt it was a great moment to go there.”

Tierney joined the Gunners from Celtic in 2019 and was a regular for three years but fell down the pecking order last season after the acquisition of Oleksandr Zinchenko. While he may well have earned plenty of minutes off the bench at the Emirates, at 26, the Scot’s ambitions dictated that he search for regular starts elsewhere.

That desire to start matches also dictated Matt Turner’s decision to look elsewhere. The USA international joined Nottingham Forest in August in a deal that could be worth up to £10 million having spent a year as back-up to Aaron Ramsdale.

“Towards the end of the season, I felt like there were games that I could have been playing that I wasn’t even getting really a sniff of them,” Turner told reporters.

“I was training really well. I felt like I was doing everything in my power to get myself minutes on the team, and that just wasn’t happening for me.

“I knew that if I waited another year, it would probably have been more challenging for me to make a lateral move within the Premier League. So I knew that time was of the essence at that point. If I went another season without playing, I would have probably had to take a step back and once you’re out of it, it’s hard to get back into it, especially when you’re not English.

He added: “Credit to Aaron really because he brought it every single day. And when doors were cracked open, he always slammed it back shut. I think he’s a really talented goalkeeper and I think we always pushed each other to get better.”

Turner has already featured against Arsenal since his move and performed diligently even though his new side were downed 2-1 on the opening day of the new campaign.

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Skinny Ricki

Unlike some of our recent departures, KT and the big ‘Dawg’ MT will always have a place in many Gooners’ hearts. A little sad that KT didn’t go on to be the Arsenal legend it seemed he might be in his first couple of seasons, but when he (inevitably) leaves for good, he will leave a few searing memories (that stunning goal in the snow against West Brom for instance, with his trademark will to win).

Ellis McPickle

Nice. Hope KT comes back with a tan, long hair and a dodgy accent 😂

Left Testicle

And a penchant for deep fried tapas.

Ebo

*pintxos

Left Testicle

Bless you.

Daveo

You have something against deep fried mars bars?

Ozzie

It’s a great place for surfing so don’t be surprised.

Ebo

Fair play to Matt, he’s already beaten Chelsea last weekend and kept a clean sheet there which, Forest beating a mid-table side away isn’t a complete surprise anymore but still, always an appreciated service. Dawg.

Ozzie

I like Turner’s comments, really honest.

OdalGooner

I miss him already. I hope he has a wonderful time in that wonderful city, but I also hope he comes back, short sleeves, impeccable work-rate and all, and finds a way into our team in some way. He’s just one of those guys you want to see do well.

Heavenly Chapecoense

“While he may well have earned plenty of minutes off the bench…..”, if both Zinchenko and Partey get injured and Jorginho starts the game there?

The Beast

Or, more likely, Kiwior or even Tomi as we saw him do on Sunday

Naked Cygan

Hope he took some Tesco bags for the beach.

One Beat Off

A quote from the manager post his debut against Grenada:
“He’s Scottish in the tackle – by that I mean very committed – and he’s able to raise his head and decide the best options when on the ball. He’s going to get even better because he’s very impulsive, yet knows when to go in for a tackle and when not to. I think he can go even further as a player. Kieran will be a big player for us and is going to contribute a lot.” Sounds about right!

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