Arsenal Unable to Sell Kieran Tierney in Transfer Window

Kiren Tierney

Arsenal had been keen on offloading defender Kieran Tierney during the recent transfer window, with hopes of securing a transfer fee for the talented left-back.

However, no substantial offers have materialized. Leading to a loan deal with Real Sociedad to provide Tierney with the desired regular playing time.

Arsenal’s Prospects for Tierney Future

Despite Arsenal’s challenge in finding a buyer for Tierney this transfer window, there’s optimism that a potential sale could occur in the next window. Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole praised Tierney’s defensive skills, describing him as a “warrior”.

If Tierney’s loan stint with Real Sociedad proves successful, Premier League clubs might express interest in acquiring him next year. With his experience in the league and being just 26 years old, Arsenal could potentially recover a substantial portion of the £25 million they paid for him.

In March 2022, Tierney’s Arsenal career reached its peak when he captained the side, a testament to his leadership qualities. However, a debilitating knee injury forced him to the sidelines. Furthermore, upon his return, a change in tactics had already begun to diminish his role.

Despite his admirable attitude and dedication, Tierney’s departure was a result of tactical adjustments rather than any shortcomings on his part.

Struggle to Generate Funds and Suitability

Tierney’s departure raises questions about Arsenal’s ability to generate funds from player sales. The club’s admirable proactive approach in fine-tuning their squad has been marred by their inability to secure substantial funds for surplus players. Since 2019, Arsenal’s £122.5 million in player sales is the lowest among the Premier League’s top six clubs.

Tierney’s pass completion rate and rigid movement no longer suited the evolving Arsenal setup. Despite his unwavering attitude and dedication, he became the collateral damage of the club’s tactical transition.

Tierney, however, emphasized his positive feelings toward Arsenal and his excitement about the new opportunity, saying,

“I don’t have any problem with Arsenal… I hope things will go very well for me here.”

Scotland manager Steve Clarke also praised the move, calling it a “great move” that will benefit Tierney as a player. This loan presents him with a chance to gain valuable experience in La Liga and continue his development.

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