By Noel Whelan

20th Jun, 2021 | 10:36am

Whelan thrilled as Arsenal in talks to seal 'best deal in years'

Noel Whelan has hailed the decision to hand Kieran Tierney a new Arsenal deal as a “no brainer”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the defender’s best years are still ahead of him.

On 12th June, The Sun claimed Tierney is in talks with Arsenal over a new contract with improved terms.

Tierney, 24, made 38 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last season

He was utilised at both left back and centre back during a congested season for the Gunners.

He missed a run of games with a knee injury in early 2021 but returned for the club’s end to the season.

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Whelan insists Tierney is the “full package” and hailed the decision to hand him a new deal.

“He’s been fantastic all the way through his Arsenal career,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“That long-term offer is a no brainer. He still an exciting young player and he has so many good years ahead of him.

“It could be the best Arsenal deal in years.

“There is no worry there. That’s a given. He’s one of the best left backs in the country.

“It took him a bit of time to settle in at Arsenal but now he’s there you can see what he brings.

“The quality, the passing and getting forward. He’s got that defending side of it too, he’s the full package for a left back.

“Scotland have always brought in great wingbacks and having him fit again is only a boost for them.”

Tierney missed Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 game through injury but returned to face England on Friday.

He played the full 90 minutes as Scotland held the Three Lions to a 0-0 draw.

In other news, ex-Gunner thrilled as Arsenal star to quit club in coming days.