Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney should be nowhere the exit door at the Emirates this summer, even if a sizeable bid arrives.

That stance is amid the report from Fabrizio Romano explaining that Arsenal would consider a sale as the window progresses.

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Romano said: “Kieran Tierney – This story has gone a little quiet but it remains one to watch later in the window.

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“It’s quiet now but it could change.

“Arsenal are not desperate to sell Tierney, but they’d just consider that option if an important bid arrives.”

Despite all of the good feeling, progress and success at Arsenal last season, it felt like one man was left behind: Kieran Tierney.

The 26-year-old Scottish defender was something of a saviour when Mikel Arteta arrived at the club.

In a disjointed squad without too much direction, Tierney was consistently dragging the side to results with his quality and sheer will to win.

Fast forward to now and the defender is seemingly surplus to requirements.

Of course not helped by his injuries, £110k-a-week Tierney more importantly fell victim to the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The former Manchester City man revolutionised how Arsenal played, the side had previously never operated with an inverted full-back.

And given Tierney loved to hold the touchline and overlap, there was a huge disparity in style.

So logically, with no stylistic reverse planned for the future, it seemed Tierney would depart.

However, the arrival of Jurrien Timber changes everything.

Tierney should stay at Arsenal following the arrival of Timber

Much like all of Arsenal’s signings this summer, Jurrien Timber gives Mikel Arteta so much more flexibility.

And with Timber able to act as an inverted full-back on the right side of the defence, it paves a way back into the team for Tierney.

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Despite his quality, Zinchenko was often caught out defensively during Arsenal’s unsuccessful run-in.

Given Timber is predominantly a centre-back you would hope he would present no such issues on the right.

With a back four of Tierney, Saliba, Gabriel and Timber, Arsenal look considerably more robust and once again equipped for a title charge.

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