Danny Mills has suggested that the arrival of Kieran Tierney from Celtic could transform the tactics that Arsenal employ this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international says that the Scottish defender, who signed from the Glasgow giants on deadline day, could see Unai Emery switch to a back three and use both Tierney and Hector Bellerin as wing-backs.
The former Celtic star, 22, is currently out injured after undergoing surgery over the summer and will be unavailable for the club’s opening game against Newcastle United.
Mills says that having watched Tierney and spoken to people who know what the left-back can offer, a change of tactics could be on the cards in north London.
Asked if he was excited to see what the Scot could offer, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s better going forward. You talk to a lot of people in the game who have watched him up in Scotland, I just wonder if Arsenal may well switch to a back three.
“You’ve got Bellerin on one side, Tierney in the other – you’ve got an extra bit of security in those positions. Arsenal, again, they’re defensive players but they’re just improving Arsenal’s attacking prowess.
“They’re not out-and-out defenders are they?”
Tierney, who came through the youth ranks at Celtic Park, played 170 times for the Hoops’ first-team before moving, with five Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups under his belt.
In other Arsenal news, Darren Bent has savaged Arsenal’s stars after making a desperate transfer claim.