Tierney will set the standard for Arsenal’s future – Keown

The Scotland international scored one goal and created another in Arsenal’s 4-0 win at West Brom

Martin Keown praised Kieran Tierney, saying the full-back will set Arsenal’s standards going forward.

Tierney arrived at Arsenal from Celtic in 2019, but his club debut was disrupted by injury.

Since getting rid of the shoulder issue, Tierney has produced consistent excellence for the Gunners.

He scored one goal and assisted another in a filibuster display at Arsenal. 4-0 victory more than West Brom the Saturday.

Tierney’s goal, a curling shot with his weaker right foot after a good run, was worthy of the enthusiastic celebration that followed, and Keown felt it summed up the player’s character.

“Look at the anger,” Keown said BT Sport of the celebration of the goal. “He wants to make something happen, that’s what I like.

“Your football career is a short period of your life and you want to make a mark.

“This young man came down from Scotland and he doesn’t want to waste time.

“He’s going to set the standard for Arsenal’s future.

“The final product is now in its game; it is constantly improving.

“It doesn’t matter who plays on this left side, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang or [Gabriel] Martinelli, as long as Tierney is playing you get that efficiency on the left.

Arsenal’s rise in form has coincided with the injection of youngsters in the form of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka to the side.

The pair combined for a brilliant second goal and Keown felt it was a throwback to the years of Thiery Henry and Robert Pires.

“It was like going back to the Worst years, the Henry movement,” Keown said. “They would have been brought with it into the academy, that’s the special thing about it.

“Smith Rowe with a back and forth and continues his run. Saka knows he will find it, he just rolls it up.

“I have been extremely impressed with Smith Rowe since joining the team.

“This is the type of role that everyone thought [Mesut] Ozil was going to fill up. So the manager wants that type of player and he wants youth and exuberance and he gets it with those two.


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