Finally, mercifully, thankfully, the roller coaster saga of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal has reached a beneficial conclusion for the Gunners, as the 22 year old Scottish defender signed for the Gunners on the last day of the Premier League summer transfer window. Celtic agreed to part with the left back for the fee of £25 million.
The deal initially seemed to be dead in the water as of last week after two previous offers by Arsenal, competing with Napoli, had been rejected. Once rumors began to surface that Tierney, who had been recovering from double hernia surgery in May, would be unable to play for the another two months, Arsenal and Napoli both backed off. Despite Celtic’s manager refuting those claims, the smoke had all but disappeared from the rumors. It appears, however, that the third time was the charm.
The highly-rated left back has been considered one of Europe’s most promising young defenders. Having been with Celtic since 2005, the departure from his parent club is a huge step for the player, whose £25 million transfer set the record for a player fee from the Scottish Premier League.
While Arsenal’s central defense has been the cause of much misery, the left back position was also in need of help. With Nacho Monreal in the twilight of his career and Sead Kolasinac more capable in the attack than in the defense, there was a need for a true defender to bolster the position group. Tierney’s defensive upside is much higher than that of Kolasinac’s, and despite his recent injury, should ease Arsenal’s reliance on their current defenders.
The internet will definitely get their laughs in at the fact that Arsenal have once again bought an injured player, but the Gunners are the ones getting the last laugh. In a money-mad era where players like Harry Maguire can go for over £80 million, a highly-rated young defender for just £25 million seems like an absolute steal.