LONDON: After the Scottish defender scored a goal and set up another in Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win at West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has called Kieran Tierney a “natural leader” and prospective potential captain.
Tierney, who played 16 of this season’s 17 Arsenal league matches, curled in his second club goal in the first half before setting up Alexandre Lacazette as the side secured their third straight match in the competition.
Asked by reporters if Tierney, 23, may be a potential Arsenal skipper, Arteta said: “I believe he can be, because he has the respect and admiration of every staff member and player.”
That’s just the way he is, in a natural way, that he does it. He’s a timid guy, but I think he represents all the ideals that we want to bring in place and that are in this club’s DNA.
“He came here and it took him a while, he had a really bad injury… but he’s a natural leader. You see how he behaves on that pitch, and when he talks he says the right thing and it’s exactly what we’re looking for.”
In the summer, Arteta also said he would talk with Lacazette over an extension of the contract through the remaining 18 months of his deal.
In his last three games for 11th-placed Arsenal, Lacazette has scored four league goals.
“I’m delighted with the way he’s performing, the goals he’s scoring and the form and energy he’s got at the moment, so he needs to keep doing that,”I am delighted with the way he plays, the goals he scores, and the form and energy he has at the moment, so he needs to keep doing that.