Zinchenko will make Tierney’s sale decision easier for Arsenal to take

Oleksandr Zinchenko has taken over Kieran Tierney’s position in the Arsenal team and his presence could facilitate Tierney’s potential departure from the club.

While the Ukrainian has been Mikel Arteta’s preferred choice, he has been sidelined due to injury for a considerable period, causing him to miss Arsenal’s season opener over the weekend.

During that game, Arteta utilized Jurrien Timber and Takehiro Tomiyasu as left-back options, a move that suggests Tierney’s role at the club may be diminishing.

Strikingly, the former Celtic player was not even included in the squad despite being fully fit, a perplexing circumstance that has left some fans puzzled.

Initially, Timber’s injury in that match was anticipated to postpone Tierney’s exit. However, according to a report from Football Insider, Zinchenko’s recovery has progressed well, potentially positioning him to feature in the squad for the forthcoming game against Crystal Palace.

As a consequence of Zinchenko’s anticipated return, it is plausible that Arsenal might be inclined to allow Tierney to depart from the Emirates within the upcoming week.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Tierney remains one man we can trust to do well, but there is no longer space for him to prove his worth and we need to offload him as soon as possible.

This summer is the best time to do this because it makes no sense to keep him in the squad beyond it, as he is already out of our plans.

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  1. Arsenal has confirmed that Timber will undergo further detailed assessment and review with a consultant in the coming days to assess the full extent of the injury, as well as determining the next step of his rehabilitation period.
    Still no confirmation of the state of the Dutchman injury.

    The gaffer should still allow Tierney on the team sheet, it doesn’t look good leaving out the Scottish and he’s fit, its demoralizing.

    1. Wouldn’t you say Gunsmoke that by now it is abundantly clear that Tierney does not feature in MA s future plans and that, whether or not WE like it, his days here are numbered?

      Plainly, as it is to me at least, MA considers KT’s playing style unsuited to how MA wishes us to play.

      1. Yes Jon, but there must be a better way of dealing with the lad.
        There can be no justification dealing with Tierney like that, watch him in preseason and he was immense, at times playing inverted roles.

  2. It would be stupid to sell Tierney and leave us a player short in depth.

    RB White and Tomiyasu
    LB Zinchenko and ?

    CB Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwor, and Holding.

    Didn’t we learn about leaving us short from that disaster January window firesale 2 years ago? Cost us 4th place and CL.

    Amateurish to think Partey or Tavares or any current player is solution or possible for depth at FB this season.

    We finally have quality depth at every position, why risk shorting ourselves now?

      1. So have Tomiyasu and Kiwor cover backup LB, and backup RB, and CB.

        What happens if they or another defender gets injured? Possible being 1 game into the season right?

        Then it’s back to January of 2 years ago when the club decimated the squad, Remember?

        Overplayed players, Tierney got injured, White got injured, others played hurt and we bottled 4th place and CL.

        I think the club learned, and won’t repeat that mistake and risk everything again on “hope” everyone stays fit.

  3. Tierney is stronger than Zinchenko is defense and is also good at attacking. Just can’t seem to understand what MA is thinking rating Zinchenko above Tierney.. We have seen the times Zinchenko has caused us matches when he gets overconfident.

  4. It’s no rocket science to see that Arteta doesn’t fancy Tierney any longer. I saw this long before last season ended.
    So I would be more surprised if he stays than if he didn’t. I think the Arsenal hierarchy see the player as one who can fetch a significant transfer fee for the club without significantly compromising the quality of the team
    OT : looks like Maguire is staying at United, so they won’t be pursuing Pavarotti any longer. Just thinking: shouldn’t Arsenal make a move for him in view Timber’s injury seeing the player is reportedly keen on a move to the PL? Just thinking.

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