Arsenal were dealt a huge blow on Saturday when Kieran Tierney hobbled off the pitch with a knee injury. The Scotsman didn’t look comfortable and Gunners fans feared the worst ahead of the business end of the season.
Mikel Arteta said after the game: “He felt something in his knee. He was in pain so it looks like he will be injured but we don’t know how long for.” (Arsenal.com)
Arsenal are yet to confirm the true extent of Tierney’s injury. He is expected to undergo a scan and the result of that would determine whether he would be available for our game against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
Will Kieran Tierney be fit for Thursday?
The Standard have given an insight over Tierney’s injury ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday.
The Scotsman is undoubtedly one of our most important players and every Gooner is praying that he will be available. Sadly, it looks like Arteta will have to do without him for a while.
The report claims that Tierney will likely miss both of our games against Slavia. He is expected to be out for ‘a few weeks’, which is a massive blow for Arsenal ahead of a very important period of the season.
Cedric or Saka at left-back?
Arteta has preferred Cedric Soares at left-back in Tierney’s absence.
The Portuguese international, to be fair to him, has done really well there. He has provided good balance between attack and defence, and although it is not his natural position, he barely looked out of place.
However, a right-footer at left-back hurts the balance of the side. Cedric’s inability to cross as well as Tierney can with his left-foot eliminates one of our best attacking assets, which is not ideal.
Bukayo Saka could change that. The youngster has been brilliant on the right-wing for us, but he is more than capable of filling in at left-back. If Arteta is worried about the balance of the side like we are, he should consider playing the teenager in Tierney’s position on Thursday.