Arsenal handed 'huge blow' amid Kieran Tierney latest - expert

By Frank McAvennie

7th Apr, 2022 | 5:00pm

Arsenal facing 'horrible situation' after Kieran Tierney update as pundit 'gutted'

Kieran Tierney will be a “huge miss” for Arsenal as they face the Premier League run-in without “one of their best players”.

That’s according to former West Ham and Scotland hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid the latest on the defender.

As reported by David Ornstein on 5 April, Tierney, 24, will miss the rest of the season through injury.

He needs surgery on his knee, ruling him out for “months” in blow to Scotland’s hopes of going to the World Cup.

Scotland are due to play Ukraine in a World Cup qualifying play-off, though, due to Russia’s invasion of the country, there is no set date for the match.

McAvennie admits he’s “gutted” for the defender.

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“It’s a horrible situation,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It’s typical international football but he absolutely loves playing for Scotland so that was never going to stop him.

“If I was Steve Clarke, I would have given him a break. He never misses a game.

“I know Stevie likes to keep the group together but maybe this was the time to give some youngsters a go.

“Listen, hindsight is a wonderful thing. The one thing I do know is that he will be a huge miss for Arsenal.

“They have a tough run of fixtures if they want to get this top-four finish and Tierney is one of their best players.

“I just hope he recovers as quickly as possible, I’m gutted for him.”

Tierney made 22 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal this season.

He scored one goal and provided three assists.

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