KIERAN TIERNEY made his reputation in Glasgow with tough tackling, dominant attacks and impressive displays. The Scotland Internationalist left Celtic last year for £25m but along with the difficulty in leaving his boyhood club, Tierney had difficulty settling into Arsenal because he had too much vigour in training – upsetting Arsenal’s lazy pros. The winning mentality instilled at Celtic Park created some initial tension for Tierney when he attempted to transition from Celtic to Arsenal.
As reported by ESPN, Tierney was allegedly told to calm down with his training efforts as the squad were used to laid back sessions under Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger.
However, Tierney’s efforts in training have been noticed and praised by new manager Mikel Arteta. The Gunners boss has started Tierney in 5 out of 6 of their last games. The training standard and exposure at Celtic will have given Tierney a winning mentality when he has been used to competing and being triumphant in the hunt for trophies.
Tierney left Celtic last summer and it was expected that he would take to the English Premier League as easily as he adapted to the first team with the Scottish Champions as just a teenager. It is no surprise that the Arsenal players did not like a player trying hard in training, given their lack of impact in the top four in recent years.
Tierney left for a hefty £25m making him the most expensive Scottish player when Arsenal signed the left back as Emery began to prepare for an tilt at the title; however, Tierney has made 19 appearances for the North London club earning rave reviews since football returned in England.