Arsenal fans already love Kieran Tierney the FA Cup winning, Tesco bag carrying left-back who has Gooners

Arsenal fans already love Kieran Tierney the FA Cup winning, Tesco bag carrying left-back who has Gooners

On Monday December 9, 2019, Kieran Tierney was left crumpled in the Arsenal goalmouth after a tangle with Michail Antonio.

The Scotsman was staring at the stars knowing he was facing more time on the sidelines with a shoulder injury – his third of the game.

His career with the Gunners had barely spluttered into life and he was facing a three month absence while the club were choosing their next manager.

Tierney dislocated his shoulder against West Ham

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Tierney dislocated his shoulder against West Ham

“Mentally it was probably the toughest time of my life,” he later revealed. “In my head I was thinking, ‘I need an operation now’. I knew.

“Three times in ten minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head as I was lying down I was thinking, ‘That’s me out for another few months’.

“I knew that devastation straight away and I think you can see it on my face.”

The Arsenal ace is MMA legend Conor McGregor’s favourite footballer

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The Arsenal ace is MMA legend Conor McGregor’s favourite footballer

Tierney, still just 23, is made of tough stuff and has mental fortitude which belies his years.

The injury focused him more than ever, even with some linking him with a move to Leicester after barely a season.

While talking about his recovery it’s clear he’s got the mentality to be a huge success.

He added: “I’ll be watching who is playing in my position. Who I’d be playing against and how the team are playing so when I do get integrated back into training games it’s like second nature and I know the way the team play, how they want to play and how the manager wants to do his things.”

Tierney has been a revelation for Arsenal in recent weeks

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Tierney has been a revelation for Arsenal in recent weeks

It’s no wonder the former Celtic man, who helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, is now loved by his new fans in north London.

Right now, his shirt is the best seller in the Gunners’ online shop, ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and £70million winger Nicolas Pepe.

The turnaround from injury hit prospect to fan favourite has been swift and at this rate he could be on his way to becoming an icon at the Emirates.

It’s not just his form on the pitch helping him become a hero, though. Although his tactical nous, quick-thinking and blossoming relationship with Aubameyang, as seen in the FA Cup final, is certainly giving reasons to be cheerful.

Arsenal fans have even taken a fondness to Celtic now, and are hoping they can win their 10th Scottish Premiership title in a row.

Firstly for allowing them the chance to sign one of their leaders, and secondly for their classy love for the left-back, as seen with their tweets around the FA Cup final win.

His father is still supporting the Scottish side home and away too opting to watch them in the Europa League over Arsenal – it’s not just his son who is committed.

Off the pitch he’s showcasing a fun personality and a real connect with supporters.

The simple fact he opted for a Tesco carrier bag ahead of a Louis Vuitton washbag, as some footballers are seen clutching when getting off coaches, held sway with fans.

‘Tesco’ is now even his nickname with some of the Arsenal coaching staff.

He’s a man of the people and committed to the game they love.

Tierney rocked up to Bramall Lane with a Tesco carrier bag and fans loved it

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Tierney rocked up to Bramall Lane with a Tesco carrier bag and fans loved it

When asked about his transition from Glasgow and living with his parents to life on his own in London, he admitted he’d found it tough.

Some stars might seek company and find themselves enjoying the delights of the English capital – who wouldn’t? Well, not Tierney.

“I’m living on my own for the first time and it’s not been great,” he admitted. “I need to cook every night and I’m still learning how to do that. But I’ll get there.

“People back home ask me ‘what’s London like?’ But I have no idea because I’ve never been into the city.

“I train, I work hard, I go home to recover and I train the next day. It’s just a simple life and I put everything into football.”

Arteta dances with the FA Cup alongside Tierney and other Arsenal aces

Five little words – ‘I put everything into football’ – they mean everything to a fan.

Games are won and lost, mistakes are made. We know that. But all we ask from the heroes whose names we emblazon on our news shirts is effort.

You can’t fault Tierney’s and his rise at Arsenal has been faultless and capped with an FA Cup win.

And you would have to be seriously unwise to think he won’t do all he can to ensure the Gunners are winning more trophies and competing at the highest level.


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