Kieran Tierney looks to be back to full health as he made his first start for Arsenal since returning from injury, a boost for Steve Clarke and Scotland.

The left-back put in an energetic performance that evidently left him knackered at full-time, bursting up and down his flank the entire match. But they were unable to beat Manchester City, losing 1-0 at the Emirates.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: (L – R) Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

But it was still good to see the Scotland star back in a starting XI. He had been missing for just over a month, Arsenal winning just two of the last seven games Tierney has been unavailable for.

He has now made 25 appearances so far this term. Scotland have World Cup qualifiers coming up in just under four week’s time and manager Clarke will be hoping that all of his key men manage to retain fitness between now and next month.

It’s not going to get any quieter for Tierney, who could play at least five matches for Arsenal between now and the international break, including a massive North London derby with Tottenham. Fans were also pleased to see the Scotland star back in the starting XI over the weekend.

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