Much to the excitement and relief of Arsenal fans the world round, left back Kieran Tierney committed his future to the Gunners today, signing a five-year deal with the North London club that will see him at the Emirates through the 2026 season.
The contract extension could not be better for both the club and the player during what is set to be a tremendously busy summer at the Emirates. Arteta has made it clear that he intends on ruthlessly rebuilding the club in order to get them back to the Champions League, with plenty of players reportedly up for sale. The extension of Tierney shows just how much stock the manager has placed in the 24 year old defender and how vital he is to the long-term success of Arsenal.
Since joining the club from Scottish Premier League side Celtic in 2019, Kieran Tierney has cemented himself as one of the Premier League’s best fullbacks and one of Arsenal’s most important players. In spite of his injury history, his contributions at both ends of the pitch has made him one of Arsenal’s few non-negotiable players. On top of his stellar play, he has solidified himself as a vocal leader on the pitch, causing fans to clamor for the club to name him team captain.
It is no secret that Arsenal have been embarrassingly awful at handling the contracts of their players in recent years. We have seen the club shoot themselves in the foot with bloated contracts given to middling players while letting talent leave for pennies on the pound too many times to count. While the extension of Tierney is a no-brainer, it’s also a relief to see the club take a proactive approach to securing a player of Tierney’s caliber.
There will be plenty of transfer activity at Arsenal this summer, but fans can find comfort knowing that the club has committed to ensuring Tierney’s future with the club.