Kieran Tierney’s future at Arsenal is in doubt. 

Oleksandr Zinchenko has surpassed Kieran Tierney as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice left-back at Arsenal, which suggests that the Scot’s future may lay elsewhere. Tierney himself has made no secret of his desire to return to Celtic at some point and an ambitious loan move could be on the cards, according to The Scottish Sun

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has been clear that the door won’t be closed to the defender. As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Rodgers said, “He’s a Celtic man…You can just never say never in football. Who knows what might happen…We wouldn’t be able to buy Kieran for £25-£30million, that’s for sure.”

However, just because Celtic would love Tierney back and the player himself is open to it, doesn’t mean the Gunners should entertain the notion. Newcastle have been linked with the 26-year-old this summer, and given the funds available to the Magpies, they represent a far more suitable destination.

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Arsenal must be ruthless over Tierney exit

Tierney doesn’t seem to be in Arteta’s plans. Zinchenko is certainly first choice. Jakub Kiwior and Takehiro Tomiyasu have also been deployed on the left flank on various occasions, and both are more natural fits for the role as Arteta wants it played.

Arsenal have spent big on Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber this summer. Tierney is an asset they can cash in on to replenish the club’s coffers a little. Whilst there’s sentimental appeal to a return to Celtic for Tierney, Arteta must be ruthless and ensure that the north London club get the fee they need for the 39-cap international.

The Gunners haven’t always been the best selling club. They have been unable to extract top fees in exchange for their outgoing players in the past. It is time for their selling powers to match their spending capabilities.

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