KIERAN TIERNEY could finally make his first Premier League appearance for Arsenal when they face Sheffield United next week.
Tierney has been forced to wait for his big introduction to life with the Gunners after arriving with a long-term groin injury.
The Scottish international has figured in Carabao Cup and Europa League action but decided against linking up with his country last week in order to continue building his fitness.
Now he is pushing for a place in Unai Emery’s side for the clash with the Blades on Monday night.
Emery is also boosted by the return to fitness of striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The French forward scored two goals in the first three games of the season but hasn’t been seen since then through an ankle problem.
But the Arsenal boss is considering bringing him in for the match at Bramall Lane.
Emery said: “He is feeling well. It depends on how he feels in the next days whether he’ll feature on Monday.
“I don’t know if he will play 90 mins or start on the bench.”
If both play, then the Gunners may start with a group which is slightly different to the one which has been so far in t he campaign.
Hector Bellerin is hoping to get the nod at right back in a new-look defence where Tierney could be on the opposite side.
And should Lacazette prove his fitness, there is the chance he would lead the attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shunted out to the left side.
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But with a hectic fixture schedule looming on the horizon, it could be that Emery decides to stick with what he knows against the Blades and introduce his recently fit stars from the bench.
That would mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac operating as the full-backs once more, with neither letting the side down so far.
Aubameyang could lead the line with Nicolas Pepe and youngster Bukayo Saka providing the support.