‘Disappointed and frustrated’
Arsenal have released a statement which details the need for Kieran Tierney to self-isolate for fourteen days. Stuart Armstrong of Southampton was deemed to have been in ‘close contact’ to Tierney. The midfielder tested positive for COVID-19.
One other player and two members of the Scottish national team staff are also required to self-isolate.
In the statement from the club, it reiterated that Tierney remained socially distant from others at all times. It went on to say that the club is seeking further ‘advice and clarification’ regarding the decision.
The former Celtic left-back released a statement in response to the news.
“I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel,” said the Scotland international.
“I’ve also tested negative. I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”
Arsenal will be keen to find out if Tierney subsequently tests negative in a second test if he will be allowed to return to action before the 14-day period.
Left-back at home
Tierney would not be available for Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City if the quarantine is upheld.
The game will be the first time since the FA Cup semi-final that the two sides have met. It will also be Gunners fans first opportunity to possibly see new signing Thomas Partey in an Arsenal shirt.
With the midfielder joining from Atletico, there is hope that Arsenal can be more competitive. Especially in away ties against ‘top 6’ opposition.
However, Tierney’s possible absence causes problems. Arteta has been looking to transition the 3-4-3 he had previously adopted into the 4-3-3, seen against Sheffield United. Left-back alternatives available to the Spaniard are defensively weaker.
Sead Kolasinac’s proposed move to Bayer Leverkusen fell through on Deadline Day, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also deputised at left-wing back and Bukayo Saka additionally has been fielded there.
Whilst Mikel Arteta has options, the gulf in quality between Kieran Tierney and the others is significant.
101 Great goals previously looked into how Arsenal are defensively much weaker without Tierney in the squad. Arteta, Tierney and many others will be hoping ‘further clarification’ allows the Scotsman to play against City.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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