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'Life isn’t as fun': 'Terrific' player warned against Arsenal move; pundit gives Tierney example

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If there’s one area of the pitch at Arsenal where a new player is an absolute necessity, it’s at left-back.

Kieran Tierney is the Gunners’ only natural left full-back at the moment, but the Scotsman’s injury history is really worrying. We’ve seen already this season how much we’ve struggled in his absence, and that is a big concern ahead of the new campaign.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of left-backs already, but the most exciting one arguably is Hibernian teenager Josh Doig. The young Scotsman has been tipped by many to follow the likes of Tierney and Andy Robertson to the Premier League.

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The Sun revealed in April that Arsenal, Leeds United and Manchester City were all interested in signing Doig this summer.

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With fellow countryman Tierney a big star in England already, the teenager could well fancy a switch to the Emirates, but former Scotland international John Collins has warned him against a big move this summer.

Collins: Doig should follow Tierney

He told The National: “Doig has been the highlight of the season so far. For his first season, he’s done a terrific job. There’s still a long way for him to go. He still has to work on his final delivery into the box but he has shown enormous potential.

“It is hard to knock back big offers but I’ve always felt, for a professional footballer, the most important thing is the first-team jersey. You can go somewhere and get more money but if you’re sitting on the bench or in the stands, life isn’t quite as fun.

“So many times we see players move too early and disappear. These English clubs have huge squads and just stock up on young talent with potential. A great example for Doig is Kieran Tierney.

“He was a regular for many years at Celtic and then moved to Arsenal at the right time. It was good money for Celtic and good wages for Kieran. But, most important of all, he’s a first-team player at Arsenal. He didn’t go as a squad player too young.” 

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The Insider’s View:

Doig or someone else, Arsenal need a new left-back this summer. We simply can’t make the same mistake we did in January when we let Sead Kolasinac leave and failed to replace him.

That has cost us dearly over the last few months and it is one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are in the Premier League table.

Collins certainly has a point with respect to the lack of game time Doig will have if he moves to England. He may even have to wait for a few years to get into the side, which would be annoying for a player who has played a fairly big part this season.

However, if he wants to be a big player, he needs to move to a big league. He will only improve once he surrounds himself with world-class players, and what better club to join than Arsenal, where the manager has proven already that he will give you a chance if you’re good enough.

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