Tierney blows so dear in the top four
Kieran Tierney’s injury looks set to end his own season – and Arsenal’s season too, written JOSHUA JONES.
The left-back is expected to be sidelined until the summer after undergoing knee surgery.
His absence was all too felt on Monday night as Crystal Palace went wild and Nuno Tavares lasted just 45 minutes before being substituted to avoid further damage.
And today, in the 2-1 home loss to Brighton, it was Granit Xhaka who was handed the unenviable task of filling Tierney’s big boots.
Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta, he knows only too well how good the Scot is.
And if Real Madrid were to strike as rumors suggest, at this rate, every game they miss would increase the Gunners’ asking price.
Xhaka has played at left-back in the past for Arsenal, but ironically the change was forced just when he was enjoying arguably his best form alongside the now stricken Thomas Partey in midfield.
His start was quite solid as Brighton started the game on the front foot but without threatening their right wing.
But even though he officially plays at left-back, the Swiss isn’t known for his discipline – and couldn’t help but drift into central midfield at every opportunity, as his touch card shows.
And it was no surprise that Arsenal’s two key cogs – Tierney and Partey – were conspicuously missing when Brighton got that all-important first goal.
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