What a few weeks it’s been for Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.
The former Celtic star scored his second-ever Premier League goal in an eye-catching 4-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of the year.
A week later, Tierney was far and away Arsenal’s best player in their narrow FA Cup victory at home to Newcastle United.
Despite being a left-back, the 23-year-old has created more goalscoring chances for the Gunners than any of his team-mates.
It took a while for Tierney to get going in North London due to injury but, for the past 12 months, he has comfortably been Mikel Arteta’s best and most consistent performer.
And things have just got a little better for him after being given a nod by the iconic Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fergie, speaking to The Lockdown Theatre, described his compatriot as ‘phenomenal’ since joining Arsenal in a £25 million switch from Celtic in the summer of 2019.
He said: “I know there were some situations where they played Tierney as the third centre-back [for Scotland], but the form of Tierney since he’s gone to Arsenal has been phenomenal.”
The Emirates Stadium side got good news about Tierney on Friday.
He sat out the draw with Crystal Palace on Thursday night due to a calf problem, but an MRI has revealed no tear to the muscle and he could be back in Arteta’s lineup for the visit of the Magpies on Monday night.