Celtic and Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has cast doubt over how much the possible signing of Kieran Tierney will strengthen the north London team defensively. It may make Gunners fans wonder why the club is supposedly in pursuit of this player, or make some wonder whether or not it is a ‘bum steer’ to use one of Glenn Hoddle’s favourite phrases.
Although Arsenal pursued Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer quite publicly a number of years ago, to the extent that it actually unsettled the player, in the end it turned out that the interest wasn’t genuine. It seems that it was just a ruse to divert attention from the real transfer targets that Arsenal were pursuing.
I simply cannot understand why Arsenal would chase an attacking left back, when they already have Sead Kolasinac AKA Stanley Yelnats ‘The Tank’, who attacks like a Panza but defends like a flower with a similar name!
Nevertheless, Champagne Charlie compares Tierney to Danny McGrain, which is praise indeed, saying that the Celtic youngster is the best in that position since the Scotland international great. Bear in mind, that in the 70s, Scotland were one of the best teams in the world, with the two-footed McGrain on the left and the late Sandy Jardine on the right. In those days, Scotland were extremely solid defensively and almost impossible to beat.
If only Arsenal could sign full-backs like Jardine and McGrain, then maybe their defensive woes would be over.
Instead, if you believe reports, Tierney will sign for around £20m and Arsenal will be as they were last season in terms of defensive solidity: frail.