News that Newcastle United are close to signing Lewis Hall could change Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney’s plans.
According to transfer correspondent Graeme Bailey, Newcastle United are close to sealing a deal to bring Chelsea left-back Lewis Hall to St James’ Park.
The Magpies have also been heavily linked with a move for Kieran Tierney this summer. However, if they are able to secure the services of Hall then they will likely feel that they no longer have a need for the Arsenal man.
Mikel Arteta may well have been relying upon shifting Tierney out of the club in this transfer window. The Gunners need to make sales at this point, having already spent heavily to bring Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s ability to bring in further new signings this summer could largely have been based on the assumption that the Scot would be moved on.
Of course, Tierney could still depart. His former club, Celtic, have also expressed an interest in the 26-year-old. Arsenal paid £25 million to prise the defender away from the Scottish club in 2019. Celtic don’t have Newcastle’s financial firepower though, and could struggle to make an offer that Arsenal would deem acceptable.
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Given Newcastle’s apparent course of action, Tierney could now be set to stay in north London. This may well prove to be a blessing in disguise for Arteta.
Timber’s ACL injury will keep him out for the vast majority of the season, and Oleksandr Zinchenko’s own fitness record is very patchy. The Dutchman’s absence has unexpectedly, and suddenly, made Arsenal reliant upon Tierney’s availability once more.
Unless the Gunners already have their heart set on another defender they wish to bring in before the transfer window closes, then their current circumstances suggest that keeping hold of Tierney would be wise.
The player himself may well have been eager for a move, and disappointed to see his hopes of a switch to Tyneside dashed, but the consequences could prove to be a positive outcome for Arsenal.