Arsenal: Kieran Tierney insists they may be able to get within the Champions League AND win a trophy

This interview was once at first scheduled for April 7 however they are saying if you wish to make God snigger, inform him your plans.

Kieran Tierney had large plans, too. He sought after to assist Arsenal to a top-four end within the Premier League. He sought after to take Scotland to the 2022 Global Cup in Qatar. However at the eve of our authentic assembly, some ache in Tierney’s left knee ended in a scan which ended in surgical procedure which led to 3 months at the sidelines.

It was once a troublesome time for this likeable 25-year-old. Fortunately, he is now have compatibility and unfastened from discomfort. He’s set to be within the squad for this night’s season-opening travel to Crystal Palace however first, he is right here to satisfy Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton at St Michael’s Manor Lodge in St Albans for a extremely expected chat. Reporter Kieran Gill listened in.

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton sat down with Kieran Tierney for a highly anticipated chat

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton sat down with Kieran Tierney for a extremely expected chat

CHRIS SUTTON: How’s the knee, Kieran?

KIERAN TIERNEY: I am able. I am excellent to head. I went to a coaching camp in Marbella in the summertime and labored there for 10 days to get have compatibility, me and the sports activities scientists and physios and a couple of others. In a tragic approach, I do know my approach round an harm now. But it surely unquestionably does not get any more straightforward.

SUTTON: I felt so sorry for you. Your knee clicks in coaching and unexpectedly, not more soccer for months. I wish to take you again to whilst you moved from Celtic to Arsenal on Cut-off date Day in 2019. Did the £25million charge weigh in your thoughts?

TIERNEY: Possibly. However I used to be happy with it as smartly, turning into the most costly Scottish participant ever.

When asked about how his knee was, Tierney said he was feeling good and that he was ready

When requested about how his knee was once, Tierney stated he was once feeling excellent and that he was once able

SUTTON: Arsenal chased you for some time, did not they?

TIERNEY: First when Arsene Wenger was once in rate. I used to be most effective 18 years previous, performed perhaps 35 video games for Celtic and a couple of occasions within the Europa League. However I used to be nonetheless a boy. I wasn’t able. You spot some gamers transfer early and it does not figure out.

SUTTON: How tricky was once that call to in the end go away Celtic? You’ll been there because the age of 7. You gained, what, 3 Trebles? 4?


SUTTON: Simply the 3! Your circle of relatives are all Celtic lovers. You are a Celtic fan. How exhausting was once that?

TIERNEY: Simply the toughest determination I have ever needed to make on account of how a lot it pulled on my middle strings. My circle of relatives cherished going to Celtic video games and seeing their son, brother, nephew, cousin play and I felt dangerous taking that clear of them.

Tierney said Arsenal first made a move for him when he was 18 and Wenger was in charge

Tierney stated Arsenal first made a transfer for him when he was once 18 and Wenger was once in rate

SUTTON: You have been a surprisingly widespread participant up there however as you already know, there is a small phase of supporters who’re unforgiving should you go away. Was once {that a} fear for you and your circle of relatives?

TIERNEY: We would noticed the response that Brendan Rodgers had were given (when he left Celtic for Leicester), so it was once roughly frightening. However it is a very small minority. 

A large number of other people messaged me pronouncing: ‘All of the very best’, ‘We are so happy with you’, ‘Move down there and break it’. I nonetheless glance again and spot the ones as my very best days — to be taking part in to your boyhood membership. I lived the dream.

SUTTON: So it is Cut-off date Day, 2019, Sky Sports activities Information were discussing your long run all day till Arsenal in any case have you ever and you might be on a personal aircraft sure for London…

Tierney said leaving Celtic was the hardest thing he had to do as it pulled on his heart strings

Tierney stated leaving Celtic was once the toughest factor he needed to do because it pulled on his middle strings

TIERNEY: It was once easyJet! The Arsenal lovers have been monitoring my flight!

SUTTON: I am hoping Arsenal sprung for added legroom for you, a minimum of. Was once {that a} mad day?

TIERNEY: It was once a telephone name. One minute I used to be house and telling my mum: ‘I am staying. Not anything’s taking place.’ Two hours later, I am getting a choice: ‘You want to pack. You are shifting.’ I had no time to suppose.

SUTTON: Have been you completely assured that you would break it within the Premier League or rather scared whilst sitting on that flight?

TIERNEY: I used to be apprehensive. Within the Premier League, there are these kind of superstars and also you by no means see your self as one in every of them. However once I were given right here, I sought after to paintings exhausting to end up myself. 

Tierney credits Brendan Rodgers for teaching him about tactics when he was at Celtic

Tierney credit Brendan Rodgers for educating him about techniques when he was once at Celtic 

The executive and board favored me as a result of they paid the cash. However the crew have been perhaps considering: ‘Who is this man from Scotland that we have now signed?’ I sought after to end up myself to my new team-mates.

SUTTON: You discussed Brendan Rodgers. How large was once he for you at Celtic?

TIERNEY: When you are more youthful, you do not know about techniques, however he taught me about soccer. I do not believe I would be the participant who were given a transfer with out him. He formed me.

SUTTON: You’ll be able to get to inform him that during particular person when Arsenal play Leicester subsequent week!

Tierney suffered from homesickness when he first moved to London. Covid-19 did not assist as it stopped him from seeing his circle of relatives. 

Arsenal helped him via that and now St Albans, the Hertfordshire town as regards to the membership’s coaching flooring, seems like a 2d house. 

Tierney (pictured with manager Mikel Arteta) said experiences homesickness when he arrived

Tierney (pictured with supervisor Mikel Arteta) stated studies homesickness when he arrived 

Nonetheless there’s an unbreakable connection between this Scot and his hometown. Ask Tierney his 3 favorite footballers and he’s going to title a trio of Celtic greats — Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde.

SUTTON: The place am I?

TIERNEY: You are fourth!

SUTTON: (laughs) I do not begrudge you having Bobo in there. For someone now not conscious about Bobo, he was once well-known for hitting other people indiscriminately within the tunnel at Celtic Park. 

He was once an excellent performer, 100 pounds of ripped mass. Celtic had a couple of ferocious running shoes. Bobo was once one in every of them and you might be some other from what I pay attention.

TIERNEY: Even Steve Clarke, the Scotland supervisor, has instructed me: ‘You do not wish to teach at 100 in step with cent each unmarried day!’ However I do. 

Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde (pictured left) were Tierney's Celtic idols

Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde (pictured left) have been Tierney’s Celtic idols

It is what I wish to really feel able. If I have were given 3 video games within the subsequent week, it’s possible you’ll suppose: ‘I’m going to take this consultation simple.’ However as quickly because it turns aggressive, I wish to win.

SUTTON: That is not a foul factor! Glance, I do know you. You are a down-to-earth lad who occurs to be an excellent left again. Did you in finding it ordinary whilst you went viral on social media for bringing your boots to a sport in a Tesco’s service bag?

TIERNEY: I am not positive it might’ve been an excessive amount of of a large deal in Scotland! However it is not the norm down right here. Tesco’s is correct subsequent to my flat! That is one of the most 3 puts I went after I moved to Arsenal. I would cross from the educational flooring to Tesco’s to my flat!

SUTTON: I did pay attention you did not project into London a lot after shifting.

TIERNEY: Going into busy towns does not hobby me. I am just a little of a hermit! Once I first moved, if I had two days off, I would be riding house to Scotland. However now I am satisfied right here. I am correct settled.

Tierney (right) will be featuring alongside his team-mates in Arsenal's All or Nothing series

Tierney (proper) might be that includes along his team-mates in Arsenal’s All or Not anything sequence 

Ask someone at Arsenal about Tierney and invariably they’re going to say: ‘A pleasant lad.’ An hour in his corporate confirms that, and that may without a doubt come throughout within the membership’s Amazon Top documentary. 

A clip from that programme swept throughout social media this week as it confirmed Mikel Arteta blasting You’ll be able to By no means Stroll On my own over loudspeakers all the way through a coaching consultation. It was once to organize the gamers for his or her travel to Liverpool’s Anfield on the weekend.

SUTTON: I believe you really liked that, given it is a Celtic music up to a Liverpool anthem.

TIERNEY: I had a super coaching consultation! I am positive I stated on the time: ‘We sing it higher!’

SUTTON: Some other people have taken the mickey out of Arteta for that concept. But it surely presentations consideration to element, does not it?

TIERNEY: You want to check out issues. If it really works, superb. If it does not, it is not on account of that. We’re going to do no matter we will be able to to be ready.

Tierney says likes competition and insists he is happy Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Arsenal

Tierney says likes festival and insists he’s satisfied Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Arsenal

SUTTON: Arteta performed for Rangers. Do you ever talk about that?

TIERNEY: At all times. He was once hammering me final season as a result of they have been within the last-16 of the Europa League, then the quarter-finals, then the semi-finals. 

After the overall (which Rangers misplaced to Eintracht Frankfurt) he by no means stated a phrase! He is the boss so I will be able to’t say an excessive amount of to him! Do not fret, the silence was once deafening!

SUTTON: Oleksandr Zinchenko has are available in, some other left again, regardless that he can play in midfield. Did Arteta have a phrase with you about that?

TIERNEY: No, however I am not stunned as a result of I have by no means had that. At a membership like Arsenal, you wish to have festival. For the place we wish to cross, you wish to have a minimum of two gamers for each and every place. He is a brilliant signing.

SUTTON: Do you embody the contest?

TIERNEY: Truly, I adore it. I like being up in opposition to it. I am getting back from harm. I do know I’m going to wish to paintings my long ago. However I am able.

Tierney also admitted that he and Mikel Arteta joke about Celtic vs Rangers as they used to play for the two clubs (Tierney for Celtic and Arteta for Rangers - pictured above)

Tierney additionally admitted that he and Mikel Arteta funny story about Celtic vs Rangers as they used to play for the 2 golf equipment (Tierney for Celtic and Arteta for Rangers – pictured above)

SUTTON: Did we first meet at a PFA Scotland awards night? You used to win the entirety. There have been masses of other people there and also you have been most definitely the one sober one. You take care of your self.

TIERNEY: I do the entirety I will be able to. I have even were given a chef now!

SUTTON: Johnny McCallum, one of the most membership’s cooks. I would heard you two reside in combination. My daughter, Sophia, made me a cheese sandwich for this travel. You have got a chef and I have were given my 10-year-old cooking for me!

TIERNEY: I would cook dinner the similar meal again and again. Hen and pasta, and perhaps a Pot Noodle to damage it up! Cooking was once my large downfall.

SUTTON: At hand to have a room-mate like Johnny, then, conserving you proper. However being teetotal, that is a sacrifice you’re making to your soccer.

TIERNEY: Other people may have a look at me and suppose: ‘He is injured once more, he is unprofessional.’ However I do the entirety I will be able to to seem after myself.

SUTTON: What would an excellent season seem like for you, in my opinion?

TIERNEY: Individually, staying have compatibility, getting a run of video games, discovering shape. Jointly, entering the Champions League and successful a trophy. 

The signings were superb, like Gabriel Jesus from Manchester Town. The very first thing I stated to him was once: ‘I hated taking part in in opposition to you!’.

So I am humming he is on our crew now. There’s a feeling within the camp, a unique starvation, a unique want. 

Even the 6-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday. It is a pre-season pleasant however you’ll most effective beat what is in entrance of you. We’ve got were given sufficient to be positive this season.

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