Date: 13th February 2021 at 10:05am
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Arsenal journalist Watts has shared an update concerning Kieran Tierney and his current fitness situation. 

This comes after Watts recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a range of news topics concerning Arteta’s side.

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On the subject of Tierney, who has been out of action since picking up a muscle injury back in January, Watts had this to say on the issue. (8.58) (10.04)

He said: “I’m not expecting him to be involved this weekend, but he is beginning to get there according to Mikel Arteta who has now revealed that the lower leg discomfort that Arsenal have been referring to has in fact been a knee problem.

“Obviously, it looks like Leeds is going to be too early for him but maybe you’re looking at the Europa League game or the following Premier League game as a possible return for Kieran Tierney so, very disappointed in terms of Thomas Partey [also being injured] but slightly better news on Tierney that he is back training.

“Perhaps not fully with the squad yet but he’s back doing training and getting better and the knee is feeling better so hopefully it won’t be too much longer until we see Kieran Tierney back involved for Arsenal because we all know how important he is.”

Arsenal signed Tierney back in August 2019 from Scottish club Celtic for a fee of £24.3 million. Since then, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £25.2 million, has made 47 appearances for the Gunners in which he has managed to score two goals and provide seven assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).

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TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Tierney’s current fitness…

Given how Tierney has already managed to grab himself a goal and assist in the league and earn himself a season rating of 6.71/10, this shows just why Watts thinks the full-back is so important to Arsenal, which makes it good to hear that he is back doing some light training and continuing his recovery to full match fitness.