Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been left impressed again by Scotland star Kieran Tierney.

The left-back starts again for Arsenal this afternoon against Leicester City, where he faces former manager Brendan Rodgers. It’s perhaps surprising, given this is Tierney’s third start in a week after returning from injury, the first game against Manchester City leaving him ‘knackered.’

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Starting again. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He inspired Arsenal to Europa League victory over Benfica midweek and Arteta was left pleased: “The right words to describe Kieran would be determination, passion and energy – that’s what is he about. He is determined in every action, and puts it all into every game and the energy levels he provides to the team.

“He was a threat against Benfica on many occasions. He gives us something different on that left side and scored a great goal. It created the right momentum for us in the game to get back into the tie, and we are pleased to have him back and hopefully we can keep him fit.”


On the game which sealed progression to the Europa League round of 16, Tierney added: “We bounced back the best way we possibly could and I think it is a good step for us to show we can face adversity, come back and go through.

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Coming through adversity. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“We never seem to do it the easy way. But credit to the boys we had some tough moments out there and some setbacks but to bounce back, score and go through to the next round, is all that matters.

“We are taking it game by game. We are not looking too far ahead, we have a big game on Sunday as well. The games are coming fast right now so we can only look at one game at at time.”

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