Mikel Arteta has insisted that Kieran Tierney is ‘not going anywhere’ following speculation he could be set for a summer departure.
The Scotland international has endured an injury-hit first season at Arsenal, though has impressed since football’s return last month, featuring in all seven of the Gunners’ post-shutdown fixtures.
The 23-year-old is said to be attracting attention from Leicester City as a potential replacement for Chelsea target Ben Chilwell, Tierney having worked with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers during their time together at Celtic.
However, speaking ahead of today’s North London derby, Mikel Arteta was effusive in his desire to keep the left-back at the Emirates.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference. “I really like him.
“I’m very impressed with him. Everybody loves him at the club and he earns that every single day with the way he treats people, the way he works and the energy he brings to the place.
“And then with his performances, I am delighted. He has adapted really well, he is a player that gives you everything in every session and every game. And the quality he has added as well.
“He’s still so young, he has things to improve obviously but he’s been a great addition to the team.”
Today’s derby at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium is likely to go a long way in deciding which, if either, of the two north London rivals, are playing European football next season, Arsenal currently a point ahead of Spurs in eighth and tenth respectively.