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Nicholas backs Arsenal’s attempts to sign ‘fabulous’ Celtic defender Tierney

Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal are right to make a concerted effort to sign impressive Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners have been interested in signing the Isle of Man full-back this summer, but the Glaswegian outfit turned down a £15m (€16.7m) bid in the past week.

Celtic want much more for their coveted young starlet, who provided four assists in 21 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, playing a key role in the club’s treble triumph.

Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas believes Tierney would make a good signing for the club, although he does have some qualms about his performances.

“He’s got real power, real pace going forward. He’s turned into a very exciting full-back over the years and he’s vastly improved,” Nicholas told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast on Wednesday.

“There is a question mark about his defensive frailties, but then again he would be an improvement for Arsenal, there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer, but he’s got a lot to learn defensively.”

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