Arsenal star Kieran Tierney confesses he remained in two minds over a transfer to the Emirates last summertime.
The Scot completed a ₤25 million move to north London on deadline day in August after months of drawn-out talks with Celtic.
Tierney, a boyhood Celtic fan, was captain of the Bhoys and envisioned investing his career in Glasgow.
Celtic drove a tough imagine the defender but Neil Lennon made it clear all along that the Bhoys were willing to cost the best cost, implying Tierney was prepared to make the move from completion of last season.
I understood how huge Toolbox were. I was like, “Do not even focus on what’s going to occur, simply work tough and get in shape, whatever happens for a factor”. Toolbox are an enormous, massive club and when I came I understood that.’
Arteta is to be able to choose Tierney as the protector has been recuperating from a shoulder injury that he sustained in December.
Nevertheless, Arteta has seen enough of Tierney to declare that he can become a ‘special’ player under him at the Emirates.
‘ I am actually eagerly anticipating working with him and providing him the chance to play,’ said Arteta.’ His mindset, his commitment, his willingness it’s extraordinary. I believe he’s going to bring something special to us. ‘It’s an embarassment [about his injury] however constantly it’s part of his advancement. In your profession you go through these moments. I challenge him to say ‘Kieran how are you going to respond to that? ‘You can not feel sorry for yourself, the level of pressure now is a bit greater however you need to deal with it. ‘You are playing with a top club, with expectations, handle it! ‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I understand from a gamer go and enjoy it.’
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