Many Arsenal fans needed convincing when they signed Celtic player Kieran Tierney.
After a few of his typically rambunctious performances won the Arsenal fans over for the time being. There was his Tesco bag showcase (TalkSPORT). Even in losing, Tierney gains credit (The Boot Room).
However, everyone associated with the North London club’s first team are feeling the pressure.
Arsenal find themselves in 15th, after a truly shambolic run of form (Premier League). Fans are angry at manager Mikel Arteta, as well as the players for their uninspired performances.
What an entitled bunch, huh?
Tierney and Arsenal’s difficult patch
The former Celtic left-back was frank in his assessment of Arsenal’s latest defeat. Burnley put the Gunners to the sword, taking 3 points away from the Emirates.
Tierney said, in eerily prescient fashion for Celtic fans (BBC):
“We are not showing the manager what we can do and how much we believe in him”
“Every game there are signs we are doing a bit better but it is still not good enough.
“Hard work is the only thing [that can fix this], nothing else for it. There are no excuses. There is nothing I can say that will make people believe a positive thing is going to come out of this.”
Arsenal fans, however, require some more convincing.
Twitter reacts as Tierney struggles against Southampton
@kierantierney1 just on pitch farming. Backward passing, as if sowing seed 🙄
— Mr. Kabazi (@Le_Berz) December 16, 2020
Expectation : Kierney Tierney is the best Left Back in the league
Reality : Kieran Tierney is the worst Left Back in the Championship
— Alex Riley (@Riley170796Alex) December 16, 2020
Even ‘Nice Bloke Phil’ was almost moved to use profanity.
I would like to know why Kieran Tierney is listed among the defenders on the Arsenal website, he’s not a F…ing defender, he’s a useless W…er 😡😡😡😡
— niceblokephil (@niceblokephil) December 16, 2020
Kieran Tierney is on fraud watch
— Troy (@Kingin1_T) December 16, 2020
So many have talked positively about Kieran Tierney but I can’t say I’ve seen anything, ever that warrants him to be an #arsenal starter
— Moebius (@oddholio) December 16, 2020
Absolutely shocking defending from Kieran Tierney…
— Casey (@casey_bucz) December 16, 2020
A Celtic favourite under pressure
As Arsenal continue to lose matches, obviously Tierney will be criticised. Tonight, Southampton’s first goal came down his side.
That’s the nature of a bad run of form. Everybody gets it in the neck. If you’re a Celtic fan, you’ll have seen that recently.
For clarity’s sake, we’ve no doubt that KT will revive his form at Arsenal. Moreover, if the fans down there don’t like him, he’d be welcome back, despite the actions of some selected roasters (Daily Record).
With his intense work-rate, eye for a pass and propensity for lung-busting runs down the wing, Tierney will find his best form again.