Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Kieran Tierney is not a long-term injury concern after missing the win against West Ham last night due to a muscular problem.
The Scottish international’s participation was in doubt in the days leading up to the game, and when he broke down in the warm-up, Arteta said the decision was made to replace him in the starting eleven with Sead Kolasinac:
“Kieran is fine. He had a little muscular discomfort in the last few days. He tried today and worked in the warm-up but he wasn’t feeling comfortable today. We believed that he was going to be fit but during the warm-up, in the last 10 minutes, he said he wasn’t feeling OK. We had to make a decision. We were prepared just in case and Kola came on and had a good game.”
Considering Tierney’s injury record since arriving at the Emirates from Celtic last summer, it was probably wise to be cautious. The 23-year-old was sidelined for the first couple of months of last season due to a hernia operation, and he then missed more action after dislocating his shoulder in December.
The fullback is highly unlikely to feature when Arsenal face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening but it will be hoped that he’s back in contention when they travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on Monday week.