Gunners legend urges Arteta to drop Tierney for Liverpool clash

Kevin Campabell has called for Nuno Tavares to get the nod to start over Kieran Tierney when Arsenal travel to Liverpool this weekend.

The Scottish international hasn’t featured for the Gunners since October 18 when we took on Crystal Palace, and the summer signing has taken full advantage of his chance to deputise in his place. Tierney did make his return to action during the international break however, playing almost every minute of their two victories, and appears to be ready to go.

Tavares’s performances have earned him praise from a number of circles though, and our former striker Campbell goes as far as to believe he should get the nod over his more experienced counterpart.

“If I’m honest, I wouldn’t change it,” he said on Curtis Shaw TV‘s YouTube show. “Nuno has got the physicality and the speed.

“Defensively he’s maybe not as accomplished as Tierney, but these days have been racking up clean sheets.

“Play him, you know what, he’ll be a threat going the other way and they don’t really know much about him.”

I think it would be too big a call personally, opting for the less experienced player for such a massive game, and while Nuno deserves all the credit he is receiving, Tierney’s leadership and mentality has to give him the edge to start.

I also believe introducing Nuno later into the match when legs are possibly getting a bit tired, could prove to be a master stroke with his running and attacking instincts something that could hurt or rivals, while I could possibly be tempted to give him a run out on the right if Andy Robertson is ruled out.

Tierney’s international team-mate is believed to be a doubt for the clash the Empire of the Kop reports.

Who do you believe should get the nod at left-back for Arsenal, and why?


Tags Kevin Campbell Kieran Tierney Liverpool Nuno Tavares


  1. I will go for KT because of his vocal and leadership on the pitch but again it depends on the game flow, if we are winning with more than 2 goals margin then MA should give some game time to Nuno off the bench for him to experience the massive atmosphere to get him ready mentally for our future.

  2. Against a Salah , I’ll play Tavares, Tierney could play in a back 4, while Tavares makes the 3rd player in midfield on the left,

    Just my thoughts.

  3. Tierney is always trashed by Salah anytime we met them so why do we repeat same mistake over and over thinking that it will come good

    Tavares speed and will terrorize TAA and Salah

  4. just play 3 apt the back and if Tavares is good with both legs play him as right wing back do sm tng similar to man city

  5. Thank God that majority of you here are not coach, you guys want us to disturb the winning team… Tierney always possess by Salah and Arnold just like the way James dispossessed him against Chelsea. Please let’s continue with the winning team for now even if they would lose against Liverpool…. Thanks

    1. 😂 😂 Just as well your not a coach either m8, 😂 dont get me wrog my heart goes out to the boy Tavares, he was to blame for the 2nd and 3rd goals 2 major mistakes K Ternney wouldn’t of ever made.
      Also . Tavares was a £7 million back up to K Ternney our number 1 left back pal. Ternney got injured and Tavares came in against mid table teame, and he did ok, ( hes no K Ternney though) his crossing, his shooting and his decision making in the final 3rd needs a lot off work.
      The reason K Ternney should have started is, because it was Liverpool at Annfield, and you need your best players on the pitch.
      Yet another immature Arteta decision???? Cluless

  6. When Tierney is up against a skilful winger or attacker he’s not only forced on the back foot but, finds it hard to deal with that type of player. From that point on he’s nullified and is not even able to make his usual forward forays and crosses. He definitely doesn’t have the composure to deal with a tricky Salah or tenacious Alexander-Arnold. He’ll be just a body in a shirt. I’d prefer Tavares. Being a skilful play himself, he’d know how to play Salah and also has the tenacity and drive to Salah and Arnold quiet. Although, he would still need a hard worker in front of him to achieve that end! I would take the chance on Tierney in a game of this magnitude. Ideally, I’d like us to win it. But if we just have to resort to nullifying Liverpool in a hard fought l, scoreless draw…..I’d be happy. Okay, we’d miss two points but it would be a victory in terms of being able to match all that Liverpool can throw at us and still be standing!

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