JOHN HARTSON reckons Arsenal have bagged themselves a gem in Kieran Tierney.
Hartson also believes the 22 year old is a ‘better defensive player’ than Tierney’s fellow Scottish left-back, Andy Robertson.
Kieran Tierney has played just twice for Arsenal since moving from Celtic[/caption]
The Scotland star has adapted since making the summer switch from Celtic to Arsenal in a £25million deal.
However, he has only played twice for the Gunners as he is recovering from a double hernia injury.
Tierney withdrew from Scotland’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against San Marino and Russia.
Instead, he is focusing on getting back to full fitness and cementing his Arsenal place.
Former Gunner Hartson believes he’ll be on top form once he recovers from injury and will show his bargain £25m price tag.
Tierney delivered a strong performance last week in Arsenal’s 4-0 Europa League victory over Standard Leige and made Gabriel Martinelli’s opening goal.
Like Tierney, Hartson played for both Arsenal and Celtic before he retired in 2007.
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The former striker believes Tierney will become a star at the Emirates and is better than Robertson defensively.
Hartson said: “People talk about Andy Robertson. I would say at this moment in time he has better delivery but Kieran is a better defensive player,
“Kieran gets low and defends well and he can also play as wing-back if needed.
“I watched Robertson when he was playing for Dundee United when I was covering the game and he was good.
“He went down to Hull and his career fizzled out there but Liverpool took him and now he is on fire.
“Once Kieran finds his feet he will do well. Nobody wants to go to a new club injured and not to be playing.
“Kieran is a proud boy and he will be wanting to prove to everyone what a good player he is.
“He is worth £25m and he can excel in a different league because there’s a perception the Scottish league is just not as good.”
Robertson is one of the highest-rated left-backs in the world.
The Liverpool sensation signed a long-term deal with the Anfield club in July 2017, when he joined from Hull for an initial fee of £8m.
Compared to Manchester United’s £50m signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Gunners have done well to bag Tierney for half that.
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