Arsenal star Kieran Tierney featured on Hector Bellerin’s Unseen Journey documentary which was released on YouTube yesterday.
The Scotsman joined us at the start of last season but he came in injured. He had to go through a lot on the sidelines before returning to full fitness, and that is extremely difficult to do when you’re at a new club.
Thankfully for Tierney, Bellerin was right by his side. The Spaniard was recovering from his ACL injury and the duo trained together everyday to get themselves ready for action again.
Both full-backs made their return on the same day and that made their bond even stronger.
Tierney spoke about how nervous he was in his opening few games for us. He claims that he was very critical of himself which made things worse, but a 10-word advice from Bellerin changed everything.
He said: “I think he could see when I came that I was pretty nervous. I had the young boy look about me. You don’t have much time to settle in [at Arsenal]. You are playing with big players and big names, so you have to hit the ground running.”
“I remember that I probably overthought every mistake I made. I went home and was like, ‘I could have done better, I could have done this’. Whereas I wish I had just relaxed a little bit more and enjoyed it.”
“And that was the time Hector said to me: ‘You’re good enough to play here, just believe in yourself‘.”
“That helped me so much. Just that little talk. It was after training in the changing room. Me and him had just done a gym session and after it we sat down for an hour and spoke. I think that changed everything. I went in the next day with a different mindset, a different confidence and it was a big part to do with Hector.”
Tierney is arguably Arsenal’s best player now
Every Arsenal fan loves Tierney. The Scotsman’s work-ethic, quality and leadership has made him one of the best in the Premier League. Many supporters want him to be our next skipper, and it has hard to argue against that.
Bellerin is probably next in line for the armband and rightly so. The Spaniard has been here for almost a decade and the way he has helped Tierney settle in just shows how much of a leader he is off the pitch.
Mikel Arteta will be very happy with his full-backs. Tierney has arguably been our best player, while Bellerin – despite making a few mistakes here and there – has had an impressive season having picked up four assists.