Mikel Arteta has disclosed that he won’t stand in Kieran Tierney’s way should the left-back be selected for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers next month. Tierney, who is currently injured at the moment, seems certain to be selected for Scotland’s qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands next month.

However, Arteta says that if the player is fit, he will be available for selection for Scotland. Arteta’s priority though, is to get the player fit for Arsenal.

“Fit to play”

“What I want is that he’s fit to play for us as soon as possible” he said.

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Kieran Tierney in action for Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“Then if he’s fit, and he’s ready to represent his country, there we go, it’s one of his dreams, and he needs to fulfil that. But what I want is for him to play for Arsenal” Arteta went on.


The Arsenal boss went on to disclose that even in training Tierney pushes himself as hard as he can, as that is the type of player that he is. However, he gave no timeframe on when Tierney will return to the Arsenal side.

“Really pushes himself”

“Kieran is a player that really pushes himself. And he has to be able to perform physically at his best because he cannot help himself. Even in training he can’t help himself.

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Kieran Tierney will miss Arsenal’s upcoming game against Aston Villa (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible. And we are here to support him as much as we can” Arteta concluded.

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