By Kevin Campbell

3rd Aug, 2022 | 4:49pm

Arsenal idol 'concerned' about Kieran Tierney after injury latest

Kevin Campbell is “concerned” by the frequency of Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney’s injuries.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker suggested the 25-year-old could find himself frozen out of the side if his availability doesn’t improve.

Tierney returned to training this week as he steps up his return from injury.

The left-back missed the back end of last season with a knee injury and suffered a setback in a pre-season friendly against FC Nurnberg.

As quoted by Football.London (30 July), Mikel Arteta revealed “most of” the club’s injured players will be available for the trip to Crystal Palace on Friday.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Tierney’s injury record, Campbell said: “Look, it is concerning.

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“Tierney is a starter when he is fit.

“Mikel Arteta had to go out and buy an insurance policy though. That insurance policy is a four-time Premier League winner in Zinchenko.

“It is as if Zinchenko has been at Arsenal all of his life. He has slotted in. It seems easy.

“The first game of the season we will learn a lot more about that but he is a proven Premier League player. He is a winner. Zinchenko is a winner.

“Tierney is back in training but he is not going to start now. Zinchenko is going to start against Palace, that’s for sure.

“He knows how to play the position. He knows exactly what Arteta wants.

“I always say, the best ability is availability. Tierney might get some minutes on Friday but if he is not available more often he will miss out.”

In other news, an Arsenal idol has been hailed by William Saliba after ‘brilliant’ footage emerges pre-Crystal Palace.