Samba starlet Martinelli has blown me away, says Tierney

Kieran Tierney

He has been left frustrated by a somewhat stuttering start to life at Arsenal. But it seems Kieran Tierney remains in upbeat mood and with a good spirit judging by an interview that lifts the lid on his time with the Gunners.

Scotland left-back Tierney joined the Gunners from Scottish Premier League side Celtic for £25million last summer and there was a real buzz amongst Gooners who were full of hope that the defender would be a big hit at the Emirates Stadium.

But the young Scot had to have a double hernia operation so he missed the first month of the season and was only able to make a handful of appearances before the coronavirus struck and football was suspended. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means that there are still so many questions as to whether or not the season will resume and for the meantime Tierney is busying himself with training in isolation.

But he has had plenty of time to think about life at Arsenal so far; a time in which he has already played for two Gunners head coaches in the shapes of, first, Unai Emery and then when he was axed towards the end of last year, Mike Arteta.

And in the interview that has been published on the club’s official website, Tierney says the player he has been most blown away by during his first few training sessions was young Brazilian ace Gabriel Martinelli. He remembered:

“When I first did a full training session with the team I was put up against him and the intensity of his play was honestly mind-blowing and I thought to myself: this is the standard I need to be at to play for Arsenal.”

Further, when quizzed on which young player he thinks has the most potential and “can be a world beater in the future”, the former Hoops star said:

“Again, I would say Martinelli. I think his hunger and drive and his talent together as one is more than enough to be a world class player for many years.”

With the coronavirus meaning much of the country is practicing self-isolation and Arteta’s players are all trying to stay fit mentally and physically. And Tierney has revealed his lockdown routine. He admitted:

“My routine is that I get up at 10am, have a bit of breakfast, which is usually scrambled eggs, ham and a slice of toast and then I’m training from 11am to half 12 before lunch at 1pm. Then a few hours of PlayStation, dinner in a couple of hours and then a couple of hours PlayStation again. And repeat!”

He’s keeping busy as he copes with the isolation. Arsenal fans hope that they can see the fruits of his labours when football returns… whenever that will be.

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