Does It Make Sense That Kieran Tierney Is Going On A Loan Move to Real Sociedad?

In a surprising turn of events, Kieran Tierney, the Scottish international and Arsenal’s left-back, is reportedly on the verge of embarking on a loan journey to La Liga outfit Real Sociedad. Speculation about Tierney’s future has been rife in recent weeks, with rumours of a potential exit from Arsenal. The latest reports suggest that the player, who used to be touted as a future Arsenal captain, has agreed to a temporary departure from the Premier League club, with a medical scheduled in the near future.

Tierney’s absence from Arsenal’s last two Premier League matchdays has fueled speculations that his time at the Emirates might be coming to an end. While the defender had been linked with moves to various clubs, including Newcastle United and Celtic, it appears that Real Sociedad has emerged as the unexpected frontrunner for his signature.

Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has weighed in on the situation, confirming that a verbal agreement has been reached between Arsenal and Real Sociedad for a season-long loan. While the deal does not include an option for Real Sociedad to purchase Tierney permanently, the Basque club has committed to covering his wages until the end of the loan term.

This unexpected development highlights the fluid nature of the football transfer market. Tierney, who made a name for himself during his time at Celtic before joining Arsenal, is now set to embrace a new challenge in Spain’s top flight. His technical prowess, defensive solidity, and marauding runs down the flank are attributes that are likely to add depth and dynamism to Real Sociedad’s squad.

Although the move does not entail a potential permanent transfer, Arsenal will secure a loan fee from Real Sociedad, while the La Liga side will bolster their squad with a talented and versatile player who will hopefully regain his previous great form with a regular starting spot.

As Tierney prepares for his medical in Spain, Arsenal fans are left to ponder how this surprising loan deal will unfold over the course of the upcoming season.

It certainly has been apparent for some time that Tierney has not been part of Arteta’s plans, but I just can’t understand why he wasn’t simply sold rather than sent on loan. Does this make any sense to you?

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  1. It doesn’t make sense just coz of the depth issue. With our back 4 from last year starting, we’ll only have kiwior and tomi on the bench (not mentioning holding as he has been training alone as well). We are in 4 competitions and tomiyasu and zinchenko have shown themselves to be injury prone (and zini isn’t a good defender to begin with). That depth is scary thin and this might come back to bite us

  2. I must admit that this is a rather intriguing and disturbing deal for me. And it doesn’t make much sense to me because
    1. The financial gains of a loan fee and Tierney’s wages do not seem enough to cover the risk of going a season without him. I would have understood an outright sale and the significant cash injection that would come with it.
    2. Tierney’s potential replacements, at least until Timber is back, are Tomiyasu and Kiwior, the one with a bad injury history and the other still finding his feet in the team.
    I just hope those who make these decisions at the club have taken all factors into consideration. This one looks scary.

  3. I’m sure Zinchenko will be back at left fullback tomorrow and by the way, if Saka starts, which he surely will, he will break the consecutive games played record set by Paul Merson.

  4. I guess no club would like pay the sale price that Arsenal set for Tierney, hence the loan. Maybe the sale price was too high for an injury-prone LB

    If Arsenal play with an attacking LB again next season, Tierney would be ready to roll. Otherwise, his sale price could increase next summer, if he doesn’t get injured throughout this season

  5. If they are planning to bring in someone before the transfer deadline, then it makes sense to me.
    I don’t think Arteta’s trusts Tierney or perhaps his style of play doesn’t match Arteta’s plan for the club – either way it pretty much spells the end for Tierney at Arsenal..

  6. The club have made the right decision with Tierney.

    The Scottish was immense in preseason whenever he got the chance, but it became clear he does not figure in the starting plans of the gaffer anymore.

    At Sociedad, he will have a starting role and has the chance to play in the champions league too.
    The Scottish, on the other hand will have the chance to reestablish himself as a permanent figure. He could persuade Sociedad to sign him permanently or resurrect Real Madrid intrest with a productive stint.

    1. What sort of benefit to the club bring this loan?
      We are left with only 2 reserves to covert the 4 position of the back line;Tomy and Kiwiort.
      We should be primarily fan of the team not of the one particular player.

      1. Georgy, this loan will protect his value, If he performs well during his loan stint the club can offload him next summer for a reasonable fee.

        You can’t force water up hill, the gaffer is not a fan of his playing style and he’s going to find it increasingly difficult to motivate hisself knowing he’s not wanted.

  7. Bad move. Tierney can play left side of defence as he often does for Scotland and is a good professional and comes across as a decent un-bling tattoo free type….bit of a throwback -the anti-Aubemayang if you like. Don’t see what is so special about Zinchenko tbh. His lack of positional sense is almost as bad as that of Nuno Tavares. Tomi is decent, honest but injury prone and now gets picked on by referees. Other options? Kwior still unproven.

  8. The fact nobody was in for him at a relatively cheap price tells you a lot. He’s fallen off the face of a cliff for me looks lost when he plays. Shame because he was one of our better players, but that was when we’re finishing 8th so no space for passengers anymore. Onwards and upwards

    1. Rubbish, just doesn’t fit what Arteta wants and the asking price of £30-40 million is too high for most clubs for a RB.

  9. No point in Keiran Tierney wasting his career at Arsenal, not even making Arteta’s matchday squad. He has to play games to prepare him to play for Scotland snd he will get Champions League games with Real Sociadad.
    Arsenal must be super confident about their strength, if a player of Teirney’s quality can be loaned out. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite the Club on the arse.

  10. Ofcourse is a good move.Kieran is a fighter,he is still ours and have a chance to convince Arteta to keep him playing every day there

  11. Makes zero sense to me, but then Balogun doesn’t either. Very frustrating for us to not see what he can do, when we are clearly struggling for people who can consistently hit the target. We need left backs atm and Tierney is one of the best with a good work ethic although injury prone. I thought the aim was to bolster the squad with the increased number of games we are facing this season. Sure Arteta can play him in the CL and cup competition matches? Seems crazy to me, he really is a top player.

  12. So we will be another defender short now?

    1. Kiwor unproven and risky
    2. Tomiyasu proven injury prone
    3. Zinchenko proven injury prone and terrible at defending

    Big gamble and very risky in my opinion. Did they learn anything from that January disaster 2 years ago when they decimated the squad?

    At least the Kroenke’s will open the wallet again for our checkbook manager.

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