Ashley Cole delivers verdict on Kieran Tierney after Man of the Match display for Arsenal against Leicester City

first_imgAshley Cole delivers verdict on Kieran Tierney after Man of the Match display for Arsenal against Leicester City Advertisement Tierney gave an excellent display on a rainy night in north London (Picture: Getty Images)Despite the disappointing result, which dents Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, Cole believes Tierney was a real bright spark for the Gunners and will be an excellent player for them in the coming years.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he had been impressed with the former Celtic man, Cole said on Sky Sports: ‘Yeah I have. I think one thing that Arsenal were probably lacking in the past year was a left-back that was solid, didn’t get beaten in one-versus-one situations – he don’t get beat in one-v-one situations.‘But I also think the way he attacks and the timing of his attacking runs, it brings a different element to Arsenal and a different way to attack.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘And he’s got a great delivery on him, as we just saw earlier, a great ball in that ended up with a corner. So he’s been very good for Arsenal I think.’He continued: ‘He’s been solid. He came to Arsenal with high expectations, watching him at Celtic he was brilliant.‘And then he came carrying an injury, he didn’t start the season and now he’s starting to get back to fitness and, for me, being a star of this Arsenal defence. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kSharescenter_img The Scot is finally getting a consistent run of games after his injury woes (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has praised Kieran Tierney’s performance against Leicester City and believes the left-back has brought ‘a new element’ to the Gunners’ team.The Scottish defender has started five of Arsenal’s six Premier League games since the season was restarted and was named Man of the Match in the side’s 1-1 draw against the Foxes.Arsenal went ahead early on through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ought to have extended their lead, though they were pegged back at the death by a Jamie Vardy strike after Eddie Nketiah had been sent off. Comment Ten-man Arsenal ultimately conceded late on to a Vardy strike (Picture: Getty Images)‘Whether he plays in a three of just as an out-and-out left-back, I think he has top qualities. He can play into a striker, he can join the attacks well, he’s got quality of pass, he can defend in one-v-one situations.‘He seems like a defender that doesn’t want to be beaten, he’s not happy when crosses go in. So I think for Arsenal he’s a great player. Not one for the future, but of course he can improve, but he’s been brilliant so far for Arsenal.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas leaps to Eddie Nketiah’s defence after red card against LeicesterMORE: Martin Keown questions whether Matteo Guendouzi is good enough to play for Arsenal amid exit talkFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img

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