Arsenal man slammed for being “lazy” in his country’s defeat

Kieran Tierney has been criticised for his lazy defending as Scotland were beaten 2-0 by Denmark in their recent World Cup qualifier.

The Arsenal man is one of his country’s best players and he often forces their captain and Liverpool left-back, Andy Robertson to be played out of position because of his fine form.

Faced with a small squad and two top quality left backs, Scotland manager, Steve Clarke played Robertson as a right wing-back while Tierney was allowed to play as a left wing-back.

The £25M signing from Celtic is usually a very reliable presence in the Arsenal defence and has been praised for his effectiveness in defending and attacking on the left flank.

However, he was at fault for both goals by Denmark on the night, with their opponents finding much joy down his flank in an uncharacteristically poor night for him.

Kris Boyd was on punditry duty for the game and slammed the Arsenal man for his defending.

“It’s obviously an area that Denmark have looked at,” said Boyd on Sky Sports as quoted by HITC.

“Even if it was Kieran Tierney or Andy Robertson there.

“It’s an area that they have seen as a weakness and you have to say they have exploited it really, really well.

“I think it’s lazy defending from Kieran Tierney, and it’s not like him because he is usually a good defender.

“But maybe because he is in the three and he is tucked in a bit more. When you see the goal, he (Tierney) actually has a look at him (Wass) but I am not sure why he goes in the pitch, he runs inside and it’s a fantastic finish.”

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  1. Like most of our players, Tierny appears to be getting worse under the coaching of MA.

    Do we do any fitness at any time? Our players always look so unfit. The great pressing game that won us the FA Cup has completely disappeared as an example.

  2. Pretty much how I see him at club lvl
    Great going forward but suspect defending
    Maybe it’s how he’s being coached or that’s just his game ,TBH I would prefer the way he plays to just staying back but the team need to be set up to his strengths and that is the managers job which ATM he is failing at .
    Maybe we will see a stronger defensive unit when all are fit but someone always seems to injured or not available so when that will be is anyone’s guess .

  3. Just an agenda against Tierney because he is an Arsenal player. Should he single Tierney out only, what where the remaining 10 doing on the pitch? Others will view it in some angle and blame Mikel, as if he was the manager of the Scottish team.
    Kris should take a better look at himself, 18 caps, Tierney 24 years, 24 caps. Smell something?

    1. WTF is happening 8n football management Roy Keane was right look at lampard loses play of with a great Derby team then becomes Chelsea boss. Then you have mickel Arteta WTF he do only was number 3 to pep. It seems that if you were a good player they assume you be a good manger bollix these yanks want someone who will do what they say and do. What ever happened to experience I agree with mersin should of went someone who is a out and out Arsenal fan as well as coach I don’t hear people saying it was time for wegener to go now. Imagine with that money what he could of bought think about that.

  4. As far as i know, KIERAN TIERNEY is arguably the second best left bck in the league. His commitment, passion & enthusiasm for the round leather game can not be questioned.
    You dont always expect the Best player to always be on form, they are humans and can have their off days at times. Tierney is the best.

  5. Chelsea’s second goal came from our left, City were also having fun down our left, it’s not really Tierney’s fault it’s MA playing him more as a left winger that leftback

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