Mikel Arteta has made a positive impression at Arsenal since succeeding Unai Emery as head coach (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney is confident Mikel Arteta is the man to kick start his Arsenal career after the Spaniard tipped last summer’s signing from Celtic to be ‘special’ next season. Much was expected of the Scotland international following his £25million move from Parkhead but a succession of injuries has severely hampered his progress. The 22-year-old was still recovering from a double hernia operation when he completed his move to north London and had to wait until late October to make his Premier League debut. Tierney made a positive first impression, particularly during the cup competitions, but is yet to feature under Arteta following the shoulder injury he picked up against West Ham in December. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe rampaging left-back had been close to making a return before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponent of the current campaign, but Arteta believes he has a special talent on his hands. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 May 2020 10:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Kieran Tierney is working his way back to full fitness following a shoulder injury (Picture: Getty)‘I am really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play,’ he told Ian Wright earlier this week. ‘His attitude, his commitment, his willingness it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us.’And Tierney is clearly a fan of his new boss as well with the former Celtic star revealing that it wasn’t until February’s warm weather training camp in Dubai that he realised the Spaniard was the real deal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe told Sky Sports: ‘I’ve seen all his video meetings, I’ve been in the meetings together as a team, before the games, after the games and just his analysis is amazing.‘In Dubai for the winter break I was doing some one-on-one work with him and that’s when I realised this is brilliant, I’m learning a lot in a rehab session.‘He knows what’s going to happen in a game and how it’s going to happen and what you should do, where you’re going to get pressed from and where your options should be. ‘You should know where the left-mid is going to be and the centre-mid so you can just play in sync, everybody is using one brain and I think that’s perfect.‘Hopefully when I’m back fit I can get the chance to play and just build up fitness and confidence again.’MORE: Real Madrid set Arsenal deadline over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transferMORE: Arsenal star Bernd Leno hails Liverpool rival Alisson as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League ahead of David de Gea and Ederson Advertisement Kieran Tierney raves about Mikel Arteta after Arsenal boss tips £25m star to be special next season Advertisement
They had to watch Manchester City win last season’s title in record-breaking fashion and Pep Guardiola’s men are flying high at the top once more, alongside Liverpool and manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea.“That shouldn’t make any difference but it does,” Scholes told ESPN. “United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did.“We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.“I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago.”Mourinho has spent more than £350 million ($460 million) on players since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016.Despite that, he has clashed with the club’s hierarchy over recruitment while costly signings including Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have failed to flourish under his management.“I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there,” said Scholes. “I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have — a link player between the midfield and the forwards and also a controlling midfield player.“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.“I think (Mourinho) still is (a great manager), but you wonder why his side keep getting outplayed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been outspoken in his criticism of manager Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 17 – Paul Scholes says even Lionel Messi would struggle to shine in the current Manchester United team and that the struggling club are being laughed at by their rivals.The former United and England midfielder has been a frequent and vocal critic of his old club, who are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League — five points adrift of any other member of the “Big Six”.
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