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'He's the best': Some Arsenal fans rave over 'proper' performance from 23-year-old international

Brian Heffernan April 1, 2021
'He's the best': Some Arsenal fans rave over 'proper' performance from 23-year-old international
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Some Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to rave about the performance of their defender Kieran Tierney for Scotland last night.

Scotland beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 at Hampden Park with Tierney at the heart of his nation’s success.

Playing as a left-sided centre-back rather than full-back, the Arsenal man assisted three of the four goals. He set up John McGinn twice as well as Che Adams’ scorcher in the 60th minute.

Tierney stats tell a tale

Tierney finished the match with a Whoscored rating of 8.9 out of 10, the second-highest rating in the match. McGinn topped the charts with a rating of 9.3, boosted by his brace.

In total, Tierney created six chances, had two shots, and completed all three attempted dribbles.

Arsenal supporters loved the display of Tierney, with some calling for the Scotland international to be made captain.

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Here’s what some Arsenal supporters had to say about Tierney on Twitter:

In red rather than blue

Tierney has played 22 games in the Premier League this season. Although the north London side hasn’t seen as many goal contributions as Scotland.

The 23-year-old has only assisted twice in the league and scored just one goal. Those aren’t terrible stats for a defender but a modern full-back is expected to contribute going forward too.

Tierney can build on Scotland success

Arsenal face a tough return to Premier League action when they host Liverpool on Saturday (8pm).

However, with Tierney in great form the occasion offers another opportunity for the Scotsman to display his talent.

The last time the sides met in the league – at Anfield in September – Liverpool enjoyed a 3-1 win.

Tierney is likely to be busy in defence this time too – but Arsenal will look to hit Liverpool on the counter.

That tactic works in the 23-year-old’s favour given his tremendous pace and passing ability when attacking.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.