Kieran Tierney might be an important part of Arteta’s strategy next season, and here’s why… Last season, Arsenal battled with becoming predictable. Mikel Arteta was chastised for sometimes using the same players and tactics.
So, in addition to infusing talent into his squad, Arteta is expected to stop being predictable with his tactics and occasionally modify his formation to catch opponents off guard next season. Arsenal used a 4-3-3 formation last season, but there is a hint that a 3-5-2 formation could be used at times next season. Some believe that the addition of Timber will allow Arteta to exploit the 3-5-2 system, while others believe he will follow Pep’s lead and start employing it on occasion.
Tierney was Zinchenko’s backup last season, but it was clear whenever he got the start that he couldn’t match what the Ukrainian provided. However, with the option of moving to a back three, Arteta might utilize him as the left-sided defender. Defensively, the 25-year-old is dependable and may thrive in that capacity, as evidenced by his performance for Scotland in a similar position.
Thus, when Arteta opts to change his formation in the many contests Arsenal is involved in, beginning with the Community Shield, the former Celtic man could get lots of opportunities to play.
With Newcastle unlikely to come calling and no other suitor willing to pick up their pursuit of his talents, don’t you believe he should stay and become relevant in Arteta’s tactics going forward, with a contract at the Emirates until 2026?
And, while there have been reports of Arsenal selling many of their present players to make place for new signings, Mikel Arteta may be seeing things differently.
Granit Xhaka was said to be leaving, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside. Nobody is actively looking for Eddie Nketiah. Saliba has signed a new deal. Smith-Rowe will undoubtedly remain to battle for his position. Reiss Nelson is expected to sign an extension.
MAYBE, Arteta is simply enlarging the squad to give him more options to challenge for all four trophies next season and is not actively looking to sell ANYONE who was in the first team squad last season so he can chop and change personnel and tactics at any time without compromising the quality of the replacements…
That would be fantastic!