Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was a happy man last night after his side comfortably dispatched Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The Gunners were the better side from start to finish. Arteta got his tactics spot on, our organisation was brilliant and all our players stepped up after what was a very disappointing performance on Thursday.
Arteta was absolutely delighted with his side’s display. However, he did have some really bad news to share with Arsenal supporters in his press conference after the game.
The Gunners boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “Kieran (Tierney) is out probably for the season, so we need options in this position and he (Granit Xhaka) can be one of those.
Arsenal revealed last week that that Scotsman would only miss the next four to six weeks. (Arsenal.com)
That was bad enough but Arteta’s latest revelation is a humongous blow for us, especially if we get past Slavia Prague and then Villarreal in the semi-final.
The Insider’s View:
If Tierney is fit, he is an undisputed starter. The former Celtic man is one of our most important players, and his bombarding runs up and down the left flank makes us a much better side.
Sadly, we will have to do without him for the remainder of the season.
Cedric Soares is the natural replacement at left-back, but after last night, Granit Xhaka might be an option too.
The Swiss international was fantastic against the Blades in an unnatural position, and the fact that he is a left-footer could tempt Arteta to prefer him over the former Southampton man in the coming weeks to maintain the balance in the side.