The Times Kieran Tierney Has Shown He Is Perfect Arsenal Captain Material
Kieran Tierney has become a fan favourite since joining Arsenal, impressing supporters with his commitment to the cause and attitude off the pitch.
This has been particularly noticeable in a Gunners side that has been struggling to assert itself under manager Mikel Arteta.
Tierney's latest incident was wearing a short sleeve top, shorts, and rolled down socks to warm up in the snow, while surrounded by his teammates covered in snoods, under armour, gloves, and pretty much anything they could get their hands on.
Arteta on Tierney: "He's got something special in his blood. We're wearing gloves and snoods and he just goes out with his t-shirt!"https://t.co/w10z9n83GB pic.twitter.com/2LK23odkvX
- Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 2, 2021
Probably a bit more used to the cold from his Scottish roots, the full-back looked like a leader amongst the group thanks to his actions.
Kieran Tierney on the conditions: "It is what it is! Playing in Scotland my full career as well, you're kind of used to that. A bit of cold weather hurts nobody!" [BT] #afc pic.twitter.com/nkSelGRK7d
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 2, 2021
Could he be the captain that Arteta needs ton bring some backbone to his team? Here are five other times that Tierney has shown that maybe he should be the club's next leader...
Confronting Leeds' Ezgjan Alioski
Kieran Tierney having to be dragged away at full-time after having words with Ezgjan Alioski pic.twitter.com/s8d9wkw7rC
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 22, 2020
Leeds' Ezgjan Alioski became a pantomime villain for his role in Pepe's sending off earlier this season, and it was something that Tierney was certainly unhappy about.
After the 0-0 draw back in November, the defender stormed over to Alioski after the final whistle, and ended up having to be dragged away by his teammates. This passion and willingness to stand up for his teammates would be very useful as captain.
Telling his teammates to applaud the travelling fans
Tierney is pure class here - he gets it already :clap::clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/0TFnk7shW5
- Johno :heavy_multiplication_x: (@Talkinoutmyarse) October 30, 2019
Tierney doesn't only appreciate those who he plays with, he also takes the time to make sure supporters get what they deserve.
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After the Gunners' penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the League Cup last season, Tierney made sure that the team went over to applaud the fans. Hopefully this will be possible again in the future.
Being told to calm down in training
"I'm hearing that Tierney has been told to slow down in training." :eyes:
"Some of the players were frightened at how aggressive he was."
"No! That's exactly what you want." :white_check_mark:@MartinKeown5 says he's been told that Kieran Tierney has been asked to calm down in training. :red_circle: pic.twitter.com/MCvAlJILSi
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 24, 2020
Arsenal are definitely known for lacking a bit of bite, and the Scot has done his bit to try and improve that.
According to former player Martin Keown, Tierney was actually told to calm down in training as his teammates were worried about his aggression. Make him captain and maybe this commitment would see them join in rather than complain about a good attitude.
Celebrating with a broken jaw
Kieran Tierney broke his jaw in Celtics Scottish Cup Final win over Aberdeen. Celtic won 2-1. Tierney went on and tweeted "with a broken jaw haha" holding the trophy :trophy: @kierantierney1 pic.twitter.com/CVHotDE39I
- Gooner_Eurychus:soccer:✪:tm: (@Gooner_Eurychus) April 23, 2020
Even before he came to Arsenal, Tierney was showing his potential to be a captain.
Celtic won the Scottish Cup in 2017, with Tierney breaking his jaw and having to be taken off in the final against Aberdeen. This didn't stop him from celebrating the victory though, and showing his commitment to all sides of being in the squad.
Arriving to the game with a Tesco bag
Arteta on Tierney: "He's had some really tough moments since he joined the club but now he's much happier & he's settled. But about the Tesco bag, that's Kieran! He's a very humble & normal guy. He does what he feels is right." #afc pic.twitter.com/iRq8b16A87
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 30, 2020
Now on the face of it this may not seems like a particularly captain-worthy action. However, it shows that the Scotland international doesn't care for the distractions that the riches of the modern game brings, and is focused on what's important.
Also, it's just objectively excellent.
Should Arteta give in to the inevitable and make Tierney captain immediately?
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