Kieran Tierney’s Arsenal exit touted, Celtic await sell-on

Kieran Tierney’s time at Arsenal could be coming to an end. The 25-year-old started in Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat to Man City last night but could pick up a Premier League winners medal this season if the North London side remain at the top of the table.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano in the House of Champions podcast, Mikel Arteta’s side are said to be keen on Real Valladolid’s 18-year-old Ivan Fresneda.

Tierney and the club are seemingly open to moving the player on in the future. According to CBS Sports correspondent James Benge, this move could hasten that exit.

“There is this growing expectation at Arsenal right now that Kieran Tierney could move in the summer.

“I don’t think Arsenal would push him out the exit door but now he’s not a guaranteed starter. I think if the right offer came in, all parties are kind of thinking this is something that might happen, not guaranteed.

“In that case, what you could see is Fresneda coming in to play alongside Ben White as the two right-backs and then [Takehiro] Tomiyasu actually basically becomes the back-up left-back, it’s a role he’s played quite a bit for Arteta.

Ricardo Pereira and Kieran Tierney battle for possession during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on March 13, 2022  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“It wouldn’t shock me if Arsenal were willing to do the same thing as Dortmund and loan Fresneda back. Tierney wins his Premier League medal maybe and moves on.”

The arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko has pushed Tierney down the pecking order at Arsenal. Even when the Ukrainian was unavailable, Tomiyasu was used as left back. This has limited Tierney’s opportunities this season and a cursory glance at Twitter last night saw him blamed for the cup exit.

Aston Villa have been linked with Tierney as the manager that signed him – Unai Emery – is now the manager at Villa Park. Celtic command a sell-on fee should Tierney move on after the £25m move in 2019. The defender made over 250 appearances for Celtic and the Scottish Champions will be alerted to developments in his future plans.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. Love him back but can’t afford him just hope he gets out of epl Spain Germany but injury issues maybe problem might go but not for 25 maybe 15

  2. Like another celtic player picked the wrong team Charlie Nicholas done it and ended up with champagne Charlie how would a footballer an athlete try not to keep away from night life stamp that name our bug jim Duffy must have been disgust came back up but lost his fitness still had footwork what a waste even sky didn’t want him non professional

  3. Why do these guys not stay and play for the team that they CAN play for?
    And what about the guy who his Manager tried to punt to the Gunners, and he refused to go? I am referring to one James Edward McGrory. Imagine him going to Arsenal, getting kicked off the park by all those brutal defenders on Tottenham and Everton, and disappearing into obscurity! Is he not better being revered FOR EVER as James McGrory of Celtic? I’m sure incidentally that if Jock Stein had gone to Manchester United in 1971 as the Daily Express and the Daily Record commanded him to do, he would not have been a great success there. He certainly did not last long at Leeds United! Nor did he really set the heather on fire at Llanelly. I think Big Jock could only really function in Scotland.
    Maybe that is also true of CN and KT as well?