Kieran Tierney believes Unai Emery is still the man to lead Arsenal through this period of extended transition, and says he has learnt a lot from the manager.
The Scottish left-back arrived this summer from Celtic for £25 million after a prolonged saga and several rounds of negotiations between the two clubs. It took him a while to start making his mark in an Arsenal shirt due to injury, but he’s started to fit in gradually and challenge Sead Kolasinac for the place in the starting XI – which was the main reason he was brought in following the departure of Nacho Monreal. The fact that he was carrying a groin problem at the time of the deal being struck shows great faith Arsenal had in this particular player.
The criticism directed at Emery has grown immensely after another lead was dropped, this time in the Europa League in Portugal against Vitoria Guimaraes. Shkodran Mustafi scored with 10 minutes to go, and just as it started looking the Gunners would finally break the curse, Bruno Duarte made sure it remained strong with an injury-time equalizer.
But asked whether he thought Emery should remain in charge, Tierney’s reply, as quoted by the Independent, was clear: “Yes, of course.
“It is up to us as players to correct it on the pitch. For me, he (Emery) has been brilliant since I’ve come in.
“I have learned a lot. I am learning a lot every day, playing with great players. Everybody in the changing room has got belief in each other and the manager.”
It’s questionable whether he’d play at all given the competition, but Tierney has been left out of the last two Scotland squads at the request of the club, with a full recovery programme now in place. He is therefore set to miss the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan, but he has no problems with accepting the decision.