Kieran Tierney reveals why he had doubts about Arsenal transfer
Arsenal star Kieran Tierney admits he was in two minds over a move to the Emirates last summer.
The Scot completed a £25million move to north London on deadline day in August after months of protracted talks with Celtic.
Tierney, a boyhood Celtic fan, was captain of the Bhoys and envisioned spending his career in Glasgow.
Celtic drove a hard bargain for the defender but Neil Lennon made it clear all along that the Bhoys were willing to sell at the right price, meaning Tierney was prepared to make the move from the end of last season.
However, Tierney’s revealed that he did not consider the move to be a foregone conclusion as he had doubts to overcome regarding a move to Arsenal.
‘I had sleepless nights. It was a hard decision,’ said Tierney.
‘I knew how big Arsenal were. They are a massive club in a massive league. I’m coming down here and I’m playing in training against [Nicolas] Pepe, [Mesut] Ozil, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang every day. You’re playing against the world’s best players.
‘It was obviously a great offer [from Arsenal], but I still had sleepless nights thinking ‘what’s the best thing to do here?’. It went on for ages.
‘The first bid came in and I then signed on deadline day. At the same time, I was just coming back from my injury. I was like, “Don’t even focus on what’s going to happen, just work hard and get fit, everything happens for a reason”. Arsenal are a massive, massive club and when I came I realised that.’
Arteta is to be able to select Tierney as the defender has been recovering from a shoulder injury that he sustained in December.
Nevertheless, Arteta has seen enough of Tierney to claim that he can become a ‘special’ player under him at the Emirates.
‘I am really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play,’ said Arteta.
‘His attitude, his commitment, his willingness it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us.
‘It’s a shame [about his injury] but always it’s part of his development. In your career you go through these moments. I challenge him to say ‘Kieran how are you going to react to that?
‘You cannot feel sorry for yourself, the level of pressure now is a bit higher but you have to deal with it. ‘You are playing with a top club, with expectations, deal with it! ‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player go and enjoy it.’
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