Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Kieran Tierney for his “absolutely brilliant” performances for Arsenal over the festive period.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker waxed lyrical about the 23-year-old’s goal at The Hawthorns on Saturday, describing it as “incredible” in a glowing review of the full-back.
Tierney has started all but one of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures this season, scoring a sensational individual effort in a 4-0 win over West Brom last time out.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports after the win that the former Celtic defender was “admired” by every member of staff and every player at the club.
While Arteta described Tierney as “shy” and “humble” he also made the point that he was a “natural leader”.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the Scotland international’s form, Campbell said: “Tierney is definitely coming to the party.
“Now that there is some youngsters in there, he is starting to look different. He is back to his best.
“That goal, in those conditions, wow. To knock it around the player, into the box and a right-foot banger – it was incredible.
“There is an energy with these youngsters in the team now, it is blazing a trail for the football club.
“Tierney is performing as well as anybody right now, absolutely brilliant.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta said: “I think he can be (the future captain of Arsenal), because he has the respect and the admiration of every member of the staff and every player.
“He’s shy, he’s so humble as well. He came here and it took him a while, he had a really bad injury and he’s away from home, but he’s a natural leader.”