One of the highlights of the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening was the debut of Kieran Tierney.
The former Celtic left-back had a very positive start to first-team action with Arsenal and is now clearly in the frame for a start against Manchester United on Monday evening.
The 22-year-old brought assurance to the left flank that has been missing for a long time now and the excitement among the fans is palpable.
Arsenal supporters have taken to social media hailing the Scottish international’s performance reflecting on his pace and the fact that he can actually cross a ball.
Blessed with pace and let's see how good he can defend too
— NII MARTEY (@fredemart) September 25, 2019
Kieran Tierney is doing this thing where he crosses the ball and it finds people. So weird.
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) September 24, 2019
Kieran Tierney looks like the real deal, cannot wait to see him at full fitness.
— Harrison Butler (@harrisonbutler_) September 24, 2019
One hell of a left back, come Monday in Manchester he has to be included in that first 11.
— Sameltaps (@TGumunyu) September 25, 2019
Looks like a real deal of a left back ,
— HOPE ⚓ (@superELfeezle) September 25, 2019
We are only 20 minutes in and I can comfortably say that Kieran Tierney is the best Left Back we've had since Ashley Cole
— WorldwideArsenal™ (@WorldwideAFC) September 24, 2019
Some perspective is required, of course, Tierney’s performance was against a Championship side and not a top-six team but that does not take anything away from how well he played and Forest are no muppets, they are one of the top Championship outfits and no one was predicting a 5-0 win. Tierney can only beat who is put in front of him and he did it with style.
The young left-back is going to be a huge presence for Arsenal for years to come and I am looking forward to him doing to the top teams what he did to Forest.