Arsenal need a reliable option at left-back and Kieran Tierney has proven he is not that. The Scotland star is set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury to put a big dent in the Gunners’ hopes of Champions League qualification.
There is no doubt that when Tierney is fit, he is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. But his problems with injuries continue and the time has come for Arsenal to look for a replacement.
Tierney made just 42 Premier League appearances across his first two campaigns at Arsenal after joining from Celtic in 2019. He has not played more than 27 times in the league in a single season and will not add to his 22 outings so far this term.
It is not just during his time at Arsenal where he has had injury issues. He arrived at the club having undergone surgery on a double hernia that summer.
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The former Benfica player was substituted at half-time in what Arteta described as a “tactical” decision. But it was clear the 22-year-old was struggling at a hostile Selhurst Park.
Arsenal host Brighton on Saturday, which could be a good game for Tavares to be given some more minutes to bed himself back into first-team action. Arteta is going to need him over the coming weeks.
But Tavares is not ready to be Arsenal’s first-choice left-back. Arsenal should therefore look to sign that player in the summer, even if it means moving the popular Tierney out of the club.
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