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Arteta's stance on Tierney's future amid speculation surrounding Arsenal star

Mikel Arteta has rebuffed speculation surrounding the future of Kieran Tierney insisting that he will remain at the Emirates.

The Scot only moved to north London last summer but has struggled with injuries for much of his debut season.

It was rumoured that he may be deemed surplus to requirements as Arteta shapes his squad in his first summer in charge.

But the Spaniard has heaped praise on the former Celtic man who he believes has been a great addition to the Gunners.

“He is not going anywhere,” he told the club’s official website. “I really like him. I am very impressed with him. Since I joined, just before he started to play games as well.

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“Just how he was acting and working on his rehab. Everybody loves him at the club and it is not a coincidence: he earns that every single day, the way he treats people, the way he works around the way, the energy he brings to the place.

“And then with his performances I am delighted. He has adapted really, really well.

“He is a player that gives you everything in every session and every game and the quality as well that he is adding.

“He is still so young, there are still things to improve obviously, but he has been a great addition to the team.

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Tierney played in an all-conquering Celtic side before his move south.

It was his performances at Parkhead that caught Arsenal’s attention but Arteta admits he is still looking to see how he can get the best out of the 23-year-old.

He continued: “Obviously it is a collective game and you need the right structure, the right people around you, the right players supporting you to play in his best position. We are learning where he feels more comfortable and how he can have a bigger impact on the team.

“It is a process we are in but he knew the league really really well and he knows the defences straight away, nobody had to explain that to him. He is just experiencing everything and I am delighted with him.”



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