'Let him go' - Exclusive: Darren Bent baffled by Emery decision over 'Very good' Arsenal player
Darren Bent has urged Arsenal manager Unai Emery to give summer signing Kieran Tierney a run in the starting XI after a slow start to his career at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker, who is also a boyhood fan of the Gunners, says that the left-back spot should be the Scottish star’s to lose after returning to action after injury.
The former Celtic star has played seven times since swapping Glasgow for north London, starting four of the last five games for Emery including Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.
Having battled it out with Sead Kolasinac for the left-back spot, Bent insists it is time to keep the Scot in the side and give him a run of games to get up to full speed.
Bent told Football Insider: “When is Tierney going to get the run? Unai Emery is obviously trying to use him sparingly but at some stage you just have to let him go, let him go and play.
“That is his spot, he’s a very, very good player, good quality on the ball and that is his spot but with Unai Emery I’m not quite sure what he’s thinking.
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“What we’re all thinking about what team he should pick is probably not the team he’s thinking. It’s tough being an Arsenal fan.”
Tierney, who is still only 22, played a total of 170 times for Celtic after coming through the youth ranks at Parkhead, establishing himself as a mainstay for both club and country north of the border.
Arsenal’s next game sees them take on Leicester City in their final match before the international break.
In other Arsenal news, Paul Robinson has blasted one senior star he is a big fan of for being “all over the place”.