Tierney feedback on Arsenal’s early season kind

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Despite Arsenal sitting on the top of the table, Kieran Tierney insists that there’s nonetheless an extended option to go within the Premier League race.

THE LOWDOWN: TITLE CHALLENGERS

Mike Arteta’s facet paved the way with 9 matches performed however the Scotland defender says {that a} look again 12 months proves that nothing has been outlined for any group simply but.

The Gunners have been in tenth place on the identical juncture final season, which matches to indicate that nothing has been determined with 29 matches remaining, however the 25-year-old is having fun with being on the summit and desires to maintain that feeling going so long as attainable.

THE LATEST: STILL MORE TO BE DONE

Reflecting on Arsenal’s spectacular begin, Tierney said: “It’s solely been 9 video games and you may’t say anybody is something after 9 video games. If you take a look at final yr, we have been down within the desk and we climbed our manner up, so there’s an extended option to go and there’s no level in even considering like that.

“You want to stay [at the top] of course; I’ve got a bit of experience at Celtic when we were expected to be at the top and stay on the top as well, so it is familiar in that way for me that the pressure is on you to stay there. The other teams are chasing you, and we want to keep that going as long as we can.”

When pushed on what would represent a superb marketing campaign come the top of the season, he added: “Progress is the main thing. We’ve progressed every year so we want to keep progressing well. You just want to finish up as high as possible, and we know what we want and we’ll keep working towards it.”

Tierney has not performed as a lot as he would have favored this season, because of injury and the presence of Oleksandr Zinchenko. However, with so many matches on the horizon between now and the World Cup subsequent month, the Scot is glad that he’s match once more and able to take his alternative when it comes.

The 25-year-old said: “It’s been robust. I missed pre-season getting back from an damage, and the primary recreation I performed in was the Palace one – that was the primary week of coaching that I had.

“I’ve simply been attempting to get minutes right here and there so it’s been a troublesome begin, however whether or not I’m first, second or third-choice, I’m simply going to maintain working onerous and see the place it takes me.

“I wouldn’t say [competition] motivates me extra, as whether or not I’m the one left-back or there’s 5 left-backs, I’m nonetheless motivated to play and to do properly. Day-to-day, nothing adjustments in my life; if I’m taking part in or not I’m simply working as onerous as I probably can. I practice onerous, and if the supervisor calls on me, I’m prepared.

“I want to play every game possible, when you don’t play like all footballers, you’re disappointed but when you get your chance, you just need to make sure you go and take it.”

THE VERDICT: FIGHT FOR HIS PLACE

Tierney is now not assured of a beginning berth below Arteta, being chosen from the outset simply three times within the league thus far his time period, and should battle for an everyday spot within the Arsenal line-up.

Before worrying concerning the presence of Zinchenko, the most important challenge for the Scotsman is to resolve his health scenario. Provided he can handle that, he ought to undoubtedly be assured of video games irrespective of the circumstance.

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