Kieran Tierney has praised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta following their 1-1 midweek draw against Leicester.

Arteta has been charged with pulling the club out of the slump Unai Emery oversaw before his sacking and Tierney is convinced something is being built at the Emirates Stadium under the former Everton midfielder.

As per the Daily Mail, he said: “The boss has been brilliant. We had a period to work closely and obviously coming back we had a few weeks to work without games.

“We did that, we worked hard every day and continued into the games – the first few results we got weren’t obviously ideal but we are building something here and it isn’t going to happen overnight.

“We are progressing well, we have still got on a long way to go but we are doing all we can, listening to everything he says and we all believe.”

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As a first job, the Arsenal one was never going to be easy for Arteta and your writer was among those who doubted whether he could do it.

Tierney’s right to say there’s a long way to go but the early indications are that his uncompromising style and faith in youth have put Arsenal back on the right track.

He’s clearly worked so hard since lockdown to get Arsenal on track and they’ve recovered from the last-gasp defeat against Brighton to go on a tidy unbeaten run.

They certainly look in better shape than Tottenham ahead of the weekend’s north London derby and plenty of that is down to Arteta.

He lacks Jose Mourinho’s experience and trophy haul but a look at their respective impacts on their new clubs shows it is the Spaniard who has galvanised his club to a greater extent.

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