Kieran Tierney on Arsenal Premier League dream as he hails boss Mikel Arteta

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THE final time Arsenal received the league, it was with their superior Invincibles. 

Patrick Vieira, Ashley Cole, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell and Dennis Bergkamp. 

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Arsene Wenger lead the Gunners to Premier League glory final timeCredit score: Getty
Tierney hopes to replicate the legends of 2003 and 2004

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Tierney hopes to copy the legends of 2003 and 2004Credit score: Getty

Shut on 600 caps between them, but just some of the legends   obtainable to Arsene Wenger for that outstanding 2003/04 marketing campaign. 

Now, 19 years on, Kieran Tierney finds himself following of their large footsteps as a key a part of a Mikel Arteta-led Gunners squad wanting  so commanding on the high of the  Premier League. 

The Scot admits he’s dreaming of securing his personal place in Arsenal’s historical past books as a title winner. 

However even when they do lastly finish  that  agonising anticipate a 14th crown, there is no such thing as a likelihood Scotland star Tierney will ever see himself on a par with Wenger’s greats. 

As he ready  to face Erik ten Hag’s rejuvenated Manchester United on the Emirates on Sunday, Tierney, a four-time champion with Celtic, instructed SunSport: “We’re within the hunt for all the things. 

“Each competitors, we wish to go so far as potential — and the league’s no totally different. 

“We wish to win all the things we’re participating in.  

“The boys have gotten quite a lot of confidence, however we additionally know the way laborious our league is to win.  

“It’s about being essentially the most constant group over 38 video games. 

“We’re below no phantasm it’s going to be the toughest second half of a season we’ll have. However we’re up for it. 

“Coming down right here, my goal was to be a winner and I used to be fortunate sufficient to win the FA Cup. 

“However you at all times wish to win the league, you at all times wish to say you’ve performed this and also you’ve performed that. 

“What a outstanding achievement it might be. Once more, although, it’s a good distance away but. We’re in an awesome place to go on and do it and  end the season strongly.  

“Nonetheless, the groups preventing for this title are a few of the greatest on the planet, groups keen to go and spend loopy quantities of cash. 

“That’s how massive this league is. Each group, each proprietor, desires to win the title. 

“So it’s one of many largest challenges in soccer. 

“However I wouldn’t have joined Arsenal if I didn’t have desires and aspirations to try this.  

“Whenever you point out names like Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira, I see them as legends. 

“I might by no means say that if had been to win the league we’d be like them. I discover it laborious to check it like that. 

“But to be the next team to win the league after them for Arsenal is a big enough incentive.” 

It’s laborious to consider a membership of the Gunners’ stature has gone 19 years with out title glory. 

Again then, they received 26, drew 12 and famously misplaced none, eclipsing second-placed Chelsea by 11 factors.  

However that tortuous wait is fuelling the motivation for an outstanding Arteta  facet captained by the excellent Martin Odegaard. 

Tierney, 25, added: “It could be wonderful, there’s little question about it. 

“What the followers have given us these previous couple of years, they deserve  success. 

“They’ve at all times been with us when occasions have been powerful. We  completed eighth two seasons in the past, and simply missed out on the Champions League final season.  

“So to give the support something is the most important thing. They are the people who keep us going.” 

Tierney is impressed by Arteta’s pumped-up strategy, his extremely emotional, animated fashion highlighted within the latest All Or Nothing fly-on-the-wall documentary sequence. 

Gunners chiefs caught with the Spaniard by laborious occasions, and KT stated: “Followers have to really feel like everybody’s keen to struggle for his or her membership. For the cash they spend, that’s what they wish to see. 

“We would have liked time and the supervisor wanted time to get the squad and gamers he wished, then the possibility to regulate. I believe it’s clicked so properly this season, particularly. 

“The administrators knew what the supervisor was doing, and what his message to us was daily in coaching. They’d even have recognized how a lot we believed in it. The gaffer deserves an terrible lot of credit score for what he’s remodeled us into. 

“However we’re solely 18 video games in. The supervisor is obsessive about soccer and being a supervisor, and getting his message throughout to the gamers, although. I believe you want that. 

“He’s full-on, from the minute you get into the coaching floor to the minute you permit. 

“And should you’ve received a supervisor like that, you’ve received each likelihood. 

“Each recreation for Arsenal is a  totally different problem and it’s  laborious — however I like that.  

“That’s what motivated me when  I did make the move from Celtic. I wanted to challenge myself against the best teams and  best players.” 

KT has performed in 24 of Arsenal’s 26 video games thus far this season, beginning a dozen of them.  

On competing with Ukrainian ace Oleksandr Zinchenko for a left-sided slot on the again, although, he stated: “What a participant he’s.  

“He’s such an awesome man as properly. It’s good competitors for me. 

“I’ll simply preserve making an attempt each  day to do the perfect I can, work laborious and, when referred to as upon, give all the things. 

“I’ve not began many video games. However there’s additionally just a few video games the place I’ve not come on. 

“It’s an extended season and it’s not simply 11 gamers wanted, it’s the total squad. 

“There are  other ways you’ll be able to vent your disappointment. A technique is to not try to brazenly present you don’t care.  

“However there’s one other manner —  you’re employed laborious and provides your all for the group, you attempt to push as a lot as you’ll be able to and, when referred to as upon, you give all the things. 

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