Arsenal: Kieran Tierney insists they can get in the Champions League AND win a trophy

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This interview was initially scheduled for April 7 however they are saying if you wish to make God snort, inform him your plans.

Kieran Tierney had large plans, too. He needed to assist Arsenal to a top-four end within the Premier League. He needed to take Scotland to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But on the eve of our authentic assembly, some ache in Tierney’s left knee led to a scan which led to surgical procedure which led to a few months on the sidelines.

It was a tough time for this likeable 25-year-old. Thankfully, he is now match and free from discomfort. He is about to be within the squad for tonight’s season-opening journey to Crystal Palace however first, he is right here to fulfill Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton at St Michael’s Manor Hotel in St Albans for a extremely anticipated chat. Reporter Kieran Gill listened in.

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton sat down with Kieran Tierney for a highly anticipated chat

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton sat down with Kieran Tierney for a extremely anticipated chat

CHRIS SUTTON: How’s the knee, Kieran?

KIERAN TIERNEY: I’m prepared. I’m good to go. I went to a coaching camp in Marbella in the summertime and labored there for 10 days to get match, me and the sports activities scientists and physios and some others. In a tragic approach, I do know my approach round an harm now. But it positively would not get any simpler.

SUTTON: I felt so sorry for you. Your knee clicks in coaching and out of the blue, no extra soccer for months. I need to take you again to whenever you moved from Celtic to Arsenal on Deadline Day in 2019. Did the £25million price weigh in your thoughts?

TIERNEY: Maybe. But I used to be pleased with it as properly, turning into the most costly Scottish participant ever.

When asked about how his knee was, Tierney said he was feeling good and that he was ready

When requested about how his knee was, Tierney mentioned he was feeling good and that he was prepared

SUTTON: Arsenal chased you for some time, did not they?

TIERNEY: First when Arsene Wenger was in cost. I used to be solely 18 years previous, performed perhaps 35 video games for Celtic and some instances within the Europa League. But I used to be nonetheless a boy. I wasn’t prepared. You see some gamers transfer early and it would not work out.

SUTTON: How tough was that call to finally go away Celtic? You’d been there for the reason that age of seven. You received, what, three Trebles? Four?


SUTTON: Just the three! Your household are all Celtic followers. You’re a Celtic fan. How laborious was that?

TIERNEY: Easily the toughest resolution I’ve ever needed to make due to how a lot it pulled on my coronary heart strings. My household liked going to Celtic video games and seeing their son, brother, nephew, cousin play and I felt dangerous taking that away from them.

Tierney said Arsenal first made a move for him when he was 18 and Wenger was in charge

Tierney mentioned Arsenal first made a transfer for him when he was 18 and Wenger was in cost

SUTTON: You had been an extremely widespread participant up there however as you realize, there is a small part of supporters who’re unforgiving if you happen to go away. Was {that a} concern for you and your loved ones?

TIERNEY: We’d seen the response that Brendan Rodgers had received (when he left Celtic for Leicester), so it was sort of scary. But it is a very small minority. 

Lots of people messaged me saying: ‘All the very best’, ‘We’re so pleased with you’, ‘Go down there and smash it’. I nonetheless look again and see these as my finest days — to be enjoying on your boyhood membership. I lived the dream.

SUTTON: So it is Deadline Day, 2019, Sky Sports News have been discussing your future all day till Arsenal lastly have you ever and also you’re on a non-public aircraft certain for London…

Tierney said leaving Celtic was the hardest thing he had to do as it pulled on his heart strings

Tierney mentioned leaving Celtic was the toughest factor he needed to do because it pulled on his coronary heart strings

TIERNEY: It was easyJet! The Arsenal followers had been monitoring my flight!

SUTTON: I hope Arsenal sprung for further legroom for you, at the very least. Was {that a} mad day?

TIERNEY: It was a cellphone name. One minute I used to be house and telling my mum: ‘I’m staying. Nothing’s taking place.’ Two hours later, I get a name: ‘You must pack. You’re transferring.’ I had no time to assume.

SUTTON: Were you completely assured that you simply’d smash it within the Premier League or barely scared whereas sitting on that flight?

TIERNEY: I used to be nervous. In the Premier League, there are all these superstars and also you by no means see your self as certainly one of them. But as quickly as I received right here, I needed to work laborious to show myself. 

Tierney credits Brendan Rodgers for teaching him about tactics when he was at Celtic

Tierney credit Brendan Rodgers for instructing him about techniques when he was at Celtic 

The supervisor and board favored me as a result of they paid the cash. But the staff had been perhaps considering: ‘Who’s this man from Scotland that we have signed?’ I needed to show myself to my new team-mates.

SUTTON: You talked about Brendan Rodgers. How large was he for you at Celtic?

TIERNEY: When you are youthful, you do not know about techniques, however he taught me about soccer. I do not assume I’d be the participant who received a transfer with out him. He formed me.

SUTTON: You’ll get to inform him that in particular person when Arsenal play Leicester subsequent week!

Tierney suffered from homesickness when he first moved to London. Covid-19 did not assist as a result of it stopped him from seeing his household. 

Arsenal helped him via that and now St Albans, the Hertfordshire metropolis near the membership’s coaching floor, seems like a second house. 

Tierney (pictured with manager Mikel Arteta) said experiences homesickness when he arrived

Tierney (pictured with supervisor Mikel Arteta) mentioned experiences homesickness when he arrived 

Still there’s an unbreakable connection between this Scot and his homeland. Ask Tierney his three favorite footballers and he’ll title a trio of Celtic greats — Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde.

SUTTON: Where am I?

TIERNEY: You’re fourth!

SUTTON: (laughs) I do not begrudge you having Bobo in there. For anybody not conscious of Bobo, he was well-known for hitting individuals indiscriminately within the tunnel at Celtic Park. 

He was a superb performer, 100 kilos of ripped mass. Celtic had a number of ferocious trainers. Bobo was certainly one of them and also you’re one other from what I hear.

TIERNEY: Even Steve Clarke, the Scotland supervisor, has informed me: ‘You need not prepare at 100 per cent each single day!’ But I do. 

Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde (pictured left) were Tierney's Celtic idols

Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson and Bobo Balde (pictured left) had been Tierney’s Celtic idols

It’s what I must really feel prepared. If I’ve received three video games within the subsequent week, you may assume: ‘I’ll take this session simple.’ But as quickly because it turns aggressive, I need to win.

SUTTON: That’s not a foul factor! Look, I do know you. You’re a down-to-earth lad who occurs to be a superb left again. Did you discover it unusual whenever you went viral on social media for bringing your boots to a recreation in a Tesco’s provider bag?

TIERNEY: I’m unsure it will’ve been an excessive amount of of an enormous deal in Scotland! But it is not the norm down right here. Tesco’s is true subsequent to my flat! That’s one of many three locations I went once I moved to Arsenal. I’d go from the coaching floor to Tesco’s to my flat!

SUTTON: I did hear you did not enterprise into London a lot after transferring.

TIERNEY: Going into busy cities would not curiosity me. I’m a little bit of a hermit! When I first moved, if I had two days off, I’d be driving house to Scotland. But now I’m joyful right here. I’m correct settled.

Tierney (right) will be featuring alongside his team-mates in Arsenal's All or Nothing series

Tierney (proper) will probably be that includes alongside his team-mates in Arsenal’s All or Nothing sequence 

Ask anybody at Arsenal about Tierney and invariably they’re going to say: ‘A pleasant lad.’ An hour in his firm confirms that, and that can little doubt come throughout within the membership’s Amazon Prime documentary. 

A clip from that programme swept throughout social media this week as a result of it confirmed Mikel Arteta blasting You’ll Never Walk Alone over loudspeakers throughout a coaching session. It was to arrange the gamers for his or her journey to Liverpool’s Anfield on the weekend.

SUTTON: I think about you favored that, given it is a Celtic track as a lot as a Liverpool anthem.

TIERNEY: I had an amazing coaching session! I’m positive I mentioned on the time: ‘We sing it higher!’

SUTTON: Some individuals have taken the mickey out of Arteta for that concept. But it reveals consideration to element, would not it?

TIERNEY: You must strive issues. If it really works, wonderful. If it would not, it is not due to that. We’ll do no matter we are able to to be ready.

Tierney says likes competition and insists he is happy Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Arsenal

Tierney says likes competitors and insists he’s joyful Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Arsenal

SUTTON: Arteta performed for Rangers. Do you ever talk about that?

TIERNEY: All the time. He was hammering me final season as a result of they had been within the last-16 of the Europa League, then the quarter-finals, then the semi-finals. 

After the ultimate (which Rangers misplaced to Eintracht Frankfurt) he by no means mentioned a phrase! He’s the boss so I am unable to say an excessive amount of to him! Don’t fear, the silence was deafening!

SUTTON: Oleksandr Zinchenko has are available, one other left again, although he can play in midfield. Did Arteta have a phrase with you about that?

TIERNEY: No, however I’m not shocked as a result of I’ve by no means had that. At a membership like Arsenal, you want competitors. For the place we need to go, you want at the very least two gamers for every place. He is a superb signing.

SUTTON: Do you embrace the competitors?

TIERNEY: Genuinely, I like it. I like being up towards it. I’m getting back from harm. I do know I’ll must work my approach again. But I’m prepared.

Tierney also admitted that he and Mikel Arteta joke about Celtic vs Rangers as they used to play for the two clubs (Tierney for Celtic and Arteta for Rangers - pictured above)

Tierney additionally admitted that he and Mikel Arteta joke about Celtic vs Rangers as they used to play for the 2 golf equipment (Tierney for Celtic and Arteta for Rangers – pictured above)

SUTTON: Did we first meet at a PFA Scotland awards night? You used to win the whole lot. There had been lots of of individuals there and also you had been in all probability the one sober one. You take care of your self.

TIERNEY: I do the whole lot I can. I’ve even received a chef now!

SUTTON: Johnny McCallum, one of many membership’s cooks. I’d heard you two reside collectively. My daughter, Sophia, made me a cheese sandwich for this journey. You’ve received a chef and I’ve received my 10-year-old cooking for me!

TIERNEY: I’d cook dinner the identical meal again and again. Chicken and pasta, and perhaps a Pot Noodle to interrupt it up! Cooking was my large downfall.

SUTTON: Handy to have a room-mate like Johnny, then, retaining you proper. But being teetotal, that is a sacrifice you make on your soccer.

TIERNEY: People may take a look at me and assume: ‘He’s injured once more, he is unprofessional.’ But I do the whole lot I can to take care of myself.

SUTTON: What would an ideal season appear like for you, personally?

TIERNEY: Personally, staying match, getting a run of video games, discovering kind. Collectively, stepping into the Champions League and profitable a trophy. 

The signings have been wonderful, like Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City. The very first thing I mentioned to him was: ‘I hated enjoying towards you!’.

So I’m buzzing he is on our staff now. There is a sense within the camp, a special starvation, a special need. 

Even the 6-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday. It’s a pre-season pleasant however you’ll be able to solely beat what’s in entrance of you. We’ve received sufficient to be optimistic this season.