Alex Scott hailed Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney on Super Sunday on Sky Sports and how he ‘finds another level’ when things are difficult.
Right from the off, Tierney and Arsenal were put under pressure against Manchester City on Sunday, which resulted in Riyad Mahrez providing an assist from the Scotsman’s side for Raheem Sterling’s goal.
Moments before Man City scored, they had an equally good chance which wasn’t punished, as life started in a difficult fashion for those in North London.
But former Arsenal defender Scott was impressed with the ‘never-say-die attitude’ of Tierney and how the ‘outstanding’ fullback bounced back from those difficulties.
“It was wave after attack and it felt like it was all going down his side,” said Scott. “But then he quickly found his feet.
“And like so much of the season with Kieran Tierney, it’s like that never-say-die attitude. He just has that heart and that passion. And he just finds another level to inspire his teammates around him.
“Most of Arsenal’s attacks come constantly down the left-hand side. Sometimes, it’s him doing more than one job. Attacking. Getting back and defending. Trying to get assists.
“But he has been one of Arsenal’s outstanding players this season.”
With Tierney, it needs to be remembered that the £25 million left-footed engine (BBC Sport) only returned from injury, so it’s understandable why he was rusty.
For large parts of the season, he has been one of Arsenal’s bright sparks in a season that is heading towards nothing but abject failure.
From hoping to finish in the Champions League places before a ball was kicked, Arsenal may find themselves out of every competition altogether on Thursday and facing the possibility of finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table.