Former Celtic full-back, Kieran Tierney has been reflecting on his first season away from Parkhead after coming through a series of challenges to finally make his mark in the Premier League, as reported by The Daily Record.
After a gut wrenching £25million move to Arsenal, the Scotland international has seen his time hampered by injuries but finally appears to be over them as he looks to prove his worth in Mikel Arteta’s side.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website about his move from the Scottish champions, which remains a record fee received for a player north of the border, he said:
“It’s been the toughest year of my life.
“I worked hard every day and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming to this massive club full of great players.
“I knew it was going to be tough coming in and trying to get my place in the team.
“I’m just grateful for every opportunity I get to go on the pitch and give my all.”
There was never any doubting Tierney’s talent or whether or not he would be able to adapt to the step up in quality but having arrived on deadline day in London injured – recovering from hip surgery – he faced an uphill battle to catch up.
Without a pre-season behind him, the 23-year old looked to be taking one step forwards and two back every time he took to the field until finally, after the Covid-19 enforced break, he was able to show his true colours.
His performance in the last game of the season served to only whet the appetite of Gunners fans with a composed finish leading to his first Arsenal goal as well as an assist one top of his standard, stellar defensive display.
After a sticky start, Tierney is now receiving the plaudits that he rightly deserves and despite a few raised eyebrows initially, the £25m paid for his services now looks like something of a bargain.