Why would Kieran Tierney leave Arsenal to sit on the bench at Newcastle United?

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s resurgence at Arsenal left-back has left Tierney struggling for game time. The Scottish international is keen on a move away from the Emirates.

But between leaving Arsenal and joining Newcastle, it would seem he would be better off staying at the Emirates than moving to St. James Park right now.

The ex-Newcastle star Dietmar Hamman argues that the Newcastle left-back position is already in safe hands, with Dan Burn doing an excellent job there, and he doesn’t feel Eddie Howe will want to switch things up there.

“Dan Burn has played very well at left-back,” said Hamman, speaking to Casinos En Lign as quoted by Football Scotland. “If Kieran Tierney was to go to Newcastle United because he’s a part-time player at Arsenal, would it be any different at Newcastle? The defence and back four have been sensational this season. I can understand why Eddie Howe would want him because he’s a very good player to have in your squad, but it remains to be seen if he’s happy to stay as second choice behind Burn.

“Burn is doing a fantastic job at left back, especially for someone of his height. You have to have him in the team because he guarantees goals and defending in set pieces; it would be mighty tough for Tierney to get in the team.”

Many Gooners are okay with the fact that Tierney will leave. But if he is to join Newcastle, he should be given assurances over his playing time; why go from being a number 2 at Arsenal, who are up for a bright future, to being a number 2 at Newcastle?

Maybe there is a chance Tierney could stay at Arsenal next season, if a better offer doesn’t come in?

Daniel O

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  1. Zinchenko’s and Tierney are prone to injury and if I was Tierney I would stay as we know he will take turns with Zinchenko in the injury room and on the pitch

    1. According to justarsenal. Edu will sell one injury prone player for £25 million and buy another injury prone player for £100 million, because he hasn’t got a scooby!

  2. I’d doubt Tierney would be sitting on the bench at Newcastle. Dan Burn only played there because of doubts about Targett’s form and fitness. Burn is a centre back and Tierney is a big improvement on Targett. Hamann has a history of stirring up the poo with Newcastle.

  3. Off Topic

    Is it just Me thinking We’re so Desperate to pay 100 for Rice with a year left on his contract and we can’t even sell our players for half of that.

    We’re a Joke of a Club, 100 for Rice, are you kidding Me, pay that for Caicedo

  4. First of all, Newcastle also have a bright future, make no mistake about that!

    Secondly, before the Saliba injury, The Arsenal had the second best defensive record in the PL, second only to…. Newcastle!!

    Now, rightly or wrongly (the latter in my view) Tierney couldn’t get into the second best defence at the time, so it seems to follow that he wouldn’t get into the best defence either.

    I really hope KT stays at the club, as I see him as one of THE best LB’s in the PL and he will have plenty of opportunities this coming season that’s for sure.

    1. I agreed. Kt is a good player he has his strong points. He will b good for rotational as he has injury problems. It’s good that he can rest n recover n play at times. If I were home I will stay @ Arsenal. Arsenal has more things to come and will b much better then the last decade.

  5. What if it’s actually Arsenal that want the player gone?
    I’m inclined to think this is the case because even in Zinchenko’s injury absence, Arteta has preferred to field Xhaka or Kiwior at LB giving the impression that he club is preparing for life without the player.
    Looks to me like Arsenal see Tierney as the one dispensable player who can command some respectable fee to help fund more critical transfers

  6. Arteta clearly soured on Tierney, and he is not one to forgive. Once a player is on the outs, he is gone. It is speculation, but likely that Tierney did not take kindly to being benched for Zinchenko and made his feelings known, with Arteta being his usual thin-skinned self, benching the Scottish left back in retaliation.

    Newcastle have Dan Burn and Matt Target at left back, but Burn is 31 and does not offer much in the attack. Tierney is a better athlete, though, as others have noted, his injury record would be concerning. Bringing him in to start, with Burn in reserve makes sense. Newcastle have Champion’s League Football, so with the league, domestic cups, and the European games, there are plenty of minutes to go around.

    The focus is on Newcastle, but unless he got some kind of assurances from Eddie Howe, it seems more likely Tierney will go to Aston Villa. Unai Emery signed him at Arsenal and Alex Moreno iwill be injured to start the year. Aston Villa have done really well since Emery arrived, they are playing in Europe too, and the Villains have done well with former Arsenal players.

    Calum Chambers has done well there as a squad player, and Emiliano Martinez won the World Cup and had a couple of brilliant seasons as their first-choice keeper. They have a striker, quality midfielders, and a solid defense. Newcastle will pay more, but Villa looks to be as likely a destination as the Toon.

  7. Reasons why Keiran Tierney would rather compete for a fullback position at Newcastle United are; that Howe obviously likes him, he will earn more, more bang for your pound in housing and if not selected or unavailable, he only has a short trip to Glasgow to visit friends and family and Scotland training/home games.

  8. I really like Tierney and hope he stays with us but undoubtedly Newcastle have a very bright future and whilst Burn has been excellent all season and looks irreplaceable, perhaps Howe sees Tierney as a midfield alternative. Having said that, Newcastle’s bench is a lot closer to his homeland than Arsenal’s bench.

  9. I would always want Tierney to stay with Arsenal. He is a proper defender, can bomb forward when required and a gunner to the core. Also if Arteta switches to a back 3, Tierney could operate as LCB. Zinchenko is not as great a defender as Tierney and Arteta could utilise Zinchenko in the midfield and Tierney could play as LB. Hope Tierney stays.

  10. Tierney will leave arsenal to sit on the bench for Newcastle because they seems to be more serious and ready to win titles than we arsenal who will not strengthen our team in the January transfer to win a league with some 8 matches to go.

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