Campbell: Arsenal dearly miss Tierney amid 'huge' update

Arsenal have dearly missed Kieran Tierney over the past two games, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “it would be huge” if the 23-year-old recovers from injury in time to face Leeds United next Sunday.

Tierney has missed Arsenal’s last four Premier League fixtures with a lower-leg problem and his condition will be reassessed this week.

Mikel Arteta’s side have taken four points from a possible 12 in the Scotland international’s absence and won the previous four games in which he started.

A £24million signing from Celtic in August 2019, Tierney is the only recognised left-sided full-back at the Emirates following the loan exit of Sead Kolasinac last month.

Ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Aston Villa, an update from Arsenal.com: “Kieran Tierney is continuing to be assessed for discomfort in the right lower leg and is unavailable for Saturday’s match.”

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Campbell suggested Arsenal miss Tierney in both an offensive and defensive capacity.

“It would be huge to have Tierney back because you can see what you miss down the left-hand side when he is out,” he told Football Insider.

“Cedric has done very well on that side, which is not his natural side, but he can play there. I think Cedric is better at right-back.

“Having a natural left-footer on that flank, someone who has pace and power, is very welcome in the side. You can rely on Tierney to bring you everything down that left-hand side. We miss him and he’s a huge player for us.”

The Gunners welcome Leeds United to the Emirates on Sunday 14 February.

In other news, Kevin Campbell delivers his verdict on West Brom signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan.