By Kevin Campbell

21st Jul, 2022 | 8:00am

Kieran Tierney's position at Arsenal under 'huge threat' after Mikel Arteta reveal - expert

Oleksandr Zinchenko is “a huge threat” to Kieran Tierney’s position at Arsenal, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Tierney, 25, could lose his place in Mikel Arteta’s side if his injury record doesn’t improve.

On Thursday (21 July), Arteta revealed only “a few formalities” need to be sorted before a deal for Zinchenko can be announced.

According to Fabrizio Romano (20 July), the Man City left-back will move to the Emirates on a four-year deal.

The fee is expected to be in the region of £35million.

When asked by Football Insider where Zinchenko will fit into Arteta’s side, Campbell said: “Zinchenko is a huge threat to Kieran Tierney.

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“Tierney is a top player when he is fit. There is a caveat there though – when he is fit. The problem Arsenal tend to have is that Tierney and [Thomas] Partey are not fit, the team has struggled without them.

“To bring someone in of Zinchenko’s quality, who has multiple titles under his belt, loads of international experience, from the Premier League champions is great.

“He is coming to play. He is not coming to mess around.

“If Tierney is struggling with injury and Zinchenko is playing, Tierney might just get the cup games.

“Zinchenko is a really good operator. Technically he is very good. He knows how to dominate games.

“There is competition there and if Tierney isn’t fit he isn’t going to win it.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Arsenal ‘ are sending message’ to Liverpool and Man City after Bukayo Saka news.