Mikel Arteta raves about Kieran Tierney ahead of North London derby
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Mikel Arteta raves about Kieran Tierney ahead of North London derby

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Kieran Tierney ahead of his first North London derby on Sunday.

Tierney arrived at The Emirates from Celtic last summer for a sum of £25m and despite missing a large chunk of the season, the player is already being linked with a move away from the club.

Ahead of the North London derby, Arteta insisted that the player was not going anywhere as he was a great addition to the team.

“Kieran is not going anywhere! I really like him. I’ve been very impressed with him since I joined-how he was acting and working on his rehab.

“And, then, with his performances, I’m delighted. He’s adapted really well. He’s a player that gives you everything in every game – and he’s adding quality. Everybody loves him at the club and that’s not a coincidence.

“He earns that every single day, by the way, he treats people, the way he works, the way he brings energy to the place. He is still so young – there are still things to improve, obviously – but he’s been a great addition to our team. He had a really difficult period.

“Because of the injuries, because he moved to a different city, and a different context than he had in Glasgow, with a club that was winning all the time and where he was very settled,” Arteta told reporters.

The Scottish last week had been linked with a move to Leicester City with the Brendan Rodgers team said to be looking for a left-back should Ben Chilwell leave in the summer.

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