Emile Smith Rowe praises Arsenal’s best trainer who is ‘always putting in 100%’

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has claimed that Kieran Tierney is the player who is ‘always’ giving 100% in training sessions, and praised his impact on the squad.

The Scot is yet to start a match so far this season, having struggled with injuries over the summer, but is believed to be closing in on full fitness after three substitute appearances.

Despite his struggles to break back into the side just yet, with Oleksandr Zinchenko possibly set to keep grasp of the first-choice role when KT does prove his fitness, but he clearly isn’t affected by that when it comes to the effort put in behind the scenes, with Smith Rowe naming him as one who never gives anything less than 100% in training.

“Yeah I’m going to give it back to Kieran Tierney just because he’s got so much energy every training session,” Tierney told Goal. “He’s always putting in 100 percent. And I feel like that gives the other players more confidence and just helps everyone all the time.”

This is just one more reason why I hope we aren’t considering the sale of our defender, who has shown to be a huge character within the squad, and one who will always give 100% for us.

It is great having more than one strong option across the board, and Zinchenko is definitely somebody who can play a key role for us, but I still hold a strong preference for the former Celtic man.

Do you think we could be set to phase out Tierney? Could he grow frustrated at a lack of first-team football?


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  1. We have no need to sell him, he has no need to leave, why would he? Exciting times at Arsenal who wouldn’t want to be part of that? The media will do it’s normal stirring as they did with the FFP recently putting us in the same bracket as PSG and Barcelona, when it was twenty teams UEFA was stating to be careful

  2. No, of course not PATRICK . The very idea is silly. Tierney is a key player for us and MA KNOWS THAT, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT!

  3. Again, I can’t understand why an article praising Tierney for his 100% effort, then turns into a negative one, asking if the club and / or the player want to part company!!

    I also cannot understand why the comments from both parties are not listened too, especially Tierney himself.

    It seems we have to have our daily dose of negativity in order to survive – what about saying how Tierney is getting back to his very best and our subs bench is becoming stronger by the day?

    1. Tierney is a very different player compared to zinny. And Arteta prefers the latter type of players over the former. Let me remind you that Leno, who’s a great shot stopper, left for game time. If Arteta had wanted the quality of the player over the tactical perspective, He’d have kept Leno just like he did on Nketiah while not promising enough game time.

      I don’t understand why some Arsenal fans don’t accept the reality. If you think that that a player of Tierney’s calibre might leave, bring in a replacement and let him go. He may stay this season, but we’ve no guarantee that he’d want to leave.

      So rather than saying it’s ”negativity” and trying to get away with this serious topic, you’ve to accept the reality and be ready to what we, as a club, might face when we lose him

  4. Phase out? Probably not (depends on his injury situation in future).

    Maybe better to say “get him some help sharing the load”.

    But – they’re not necessarily there to compete/cover for LB, Tierney came on when Zinchenko was LB – and Zinchenko stayed on the field.

    Zinchenko is quite versatile and the talk when he joined was that he’s here to play midfield mostly, but “anywhere down the left side that he’s needed”. Even DM(?)

  5. I am a great, Tierney as our “left back”, proponent.

    I prefer Zinc as a left sided midfielder.

    The trouble is, Arteta plays Xhaka in that midfielder role at the moment. Oy vey.

  6. I would imagine with Zinchenko’s he would be one of the first names on the sheet at the moment. Which at the moment means LB and if any injuries etc to Xhaka then he would fill in there and Tierney at LB.

    I echo Ken1945’s comment that the article should have been about bench strength… any player worth their salt would want to be chosen on merit and have good competition for places

  7. It’s always been the reason the Kieran picks up injuries. Trains hard, plays hard and sometimes plays through injuries. Just the way he is. Don’t view him as injury prone myself, just his own worst enemy at times due to his desire to play.

  8. That’s what they do behind scene in media of which if both the players and the club don’t be careful of, can cause a commotion in transfer.

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