Arsenal were dealt a second blow in the last 24 hours when it was revealed today that key left-back Kieran Tierney will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 Premier League season.
The Gunners were left reeling after a tough 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night and were truly put to the sword by Patrick Vieira’s Eagles, in a performance that did not feature Tierney after He had returned from his international duty with Scotland with a knee problem Now, as confirmed by The Athletic’s david orsteinTierney is set for surgery that will keep him out of contention during the critical book closing of the season with Champions League implications for Arsenal.
🚨 EXCL: Kieran Tierney will undergo surgery later this week for a knee injury, ruling him out for several months. He will miss the rest of the Premier League season and possibly Scotland’s. #Qatar2022 Qualifying play-off vs Ukraine proposed for June @TheAthleticUK #AFC https://t.co/9UehZm7bO8
—David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 5, 2022
Tierney is scheduled for knee surgery later this week, which is guaranteed to keep him out for several months, including not only the rest of the club’s schedule, but could also strip Scotland boss Steve Clarke of one. of their most prized assets as they look to negotiate their World Cup qualifying tie against Ukraine, which is currently scheduled for June.
As it stands, that would mean summer signing Nuno Tavares is in line to replace Tierney at left-back for the rest of the season in a development that could have massive tactical implications for Arsenal as they are in the in the middle of the fight for fourth place.
Bad timing for rising injury concerns at Arsenal
The loss of Kieran Tierney is not the only potential injury concern manager Mikel Arteta could have to deal with after the Spanish manager sounded alarm bells about the condition of key midfielder Thomas Partey.
Partey was sent off in the 74th minute against Palace last night and when asked for details, Arteta commented that “I don’t know. He felt something in the same area that he was previously injured, so that is a big concern.”
The loss of both key assets at Arsenal could be potentially catastrophic given the options behind them down the line of young duo Nuno Tavares and Sambi Lokonga who, while brilliant talents, are not at the level of influence and consistency of their older counterparts. .
Furthermore, the continued absence of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is not expected to return until after the Southampton clash, could mean that Cédric Soares could be preferred at left-back over Tavares once the Japan international is back to full form. Whatever options Arteta may turn to, he could be a real game changer for the Gunners.
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