Scotland international Kieran Tierney described his injury-hit start to life at Arsenal as mentally the toughest time of his life.
The full-back, who joined the Gunners last summer in a deal reported to be worth around £25 million (BBC Sport), has been limited to just 12 appearances across all competitions in 2019/20.
He didn’t make his debut until October 3 having been working his way back from a double hernia operation in the summer, and then in December against West Ham United, the 22-year-old suffered a shoulder dislocation.
According to the player, it actually happened three times in 10 minutes during the Premier League clash, before the defender was brought off just before the half-hour mark.
Speaking about his frustrating start at the Emirates, Tierney told SportBible: “In my head I was thinking, ‘I need an operation now’. I knew.
“Three times in ten minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head, as I was lying down I was thinking, ‘That’s me out for another few months’.
“I knew that devastation straight away and I think you can see it on my face. Being injured at the start of my Arsenal career was hard. Mentally, it was probably the toughest time of my life.
“Watching from the sidelines is never easy but you need to take every positive you can out of it.”
Fresh start needed
Tierney first year at Arsenal has pretty awful all things considered.
Given the weakness at left-back, there was a real chance, in theory, for the talented Tierney to nail down a place in the starting XI.
He’s been unlucky and now, of course, it looks as though football will be taking a backseat for a while due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The player simply needs to forget about the troubles of his first season and look to kick on next year with a clean slate.