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Kieran Tierney’s Arsenal ‘worry’ when Mikel Arteta was confirmed as Gunners boss

Arsenal star Kieran Tierney has revealed a “worry” he had when Mikel Arteta was confirmed as the club’s new manager last December.

The Scot suffered a tough start to life in north London, arriving from Celtic last summer with a hernia injury before picking up a dislocated shoulder in December.

It meant he could not play for the Spanish manager for three months before Covid-19 extended that period by another three.

But the full-back has become a mainstay in Arteta’s team since lockdown, appearing in every game and helping them win the FA Cup.

The Arsenal star, though, admitted he was left worried that he would not be included by the boss when football resumed.

Arsenal star Kieran Tierney has revealed a ‘worry’ he had when Mikel Arteta was confirmed as Gunners boss
(Image: 2020 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)
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Speaking on the club legend’s YouTube channel, Tierney said: “I hadn’t trained or played under the manager [when lockdown was lifted].

“So I was like ‘I hope he knows who I am’!”

Wright went on to refer to his interview with Arteta from May, heaping praise on the 23-year-old.

And Tierney revealed how the manager’s attitude towards him had helped the defender’s performance after his lengthy injury.

“It just put my confidence so high,” Tierney added.

The Scot had an injury that kept him out of the squad until lockdown was lifted, admitting he hoped Arteta ‘knows who I am’ in training
(Image: 2020 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)

“I was just coming back from injury and to see him speaking was brilliant.

“All I can do is try and play well to repay his faith – he’s been brilliant with me.”

Arteta spoke to the former Gunners forward in May about Tierney, giving him some advice about coping with the return from injury.

He told Wright during lockdown: “I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play.

“His attitude,…