Kieran Tierney claims Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard encouraged him to make the switch to Real Sociedad.
The Norwegian international spent a season on loan at the La Liga club, joining them from Real Madrid for the 2019/20 campaign, and Tierney says he took his captain’s advice on board:
“Real Sociedad very quickly became my first choice. My Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, who has played for the club, was able to tell me everything about the club and the city. He thinks it’s a great move for me. Martin’s been a massive help.”
“I had different options but told my agent that my heart was set on Real Sociedad and from the first moment I arrived I knew it was 100 percent for me. Everyone’s made me feel wanted.”
Tierney made his debut for Real Sociedad at the weekend, playing almost 70 minutes in the 5-3 win over Granada on Saturday.
Tierney will be hoping to replicate Odegaard’s successful spell in San Sebastian
During Odegaard’s year with Real Sociedad, the midfielder scored 7 goals and contributed 9 assists in 36 appearances.
It was very much his breakthrough year at the top level and it consequently led to his move to the Emirates a year later. Tierney will be hoping his time in the Basque country will be just as successful.
Arsenal fans are still wondering why Tierney was let go
Following the serious knee injury sustained by Jurrien Timber, it was somewhat surprising to see the Gunners allow the 26-year-old to leave on loan.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury records are not exactly spotless so there are worries that manager Mikel Arteta could be left short at left-back.
However, it is clear that Tierney was frustrated with his lack of playing opportunities. The former Celtic player seems genuinely excited about the prospect of playing in Spain so supporters will be wishing him the best of luck.