McGinn drools over Kieran Tierney’s potential impact at Arsenal

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has backed country mate Kieran Tierney to become a crucial performer for Arsenal. The Scotland international was regularly touted to join the Gunners throughout the summer and he eventually made the move on deadline day after the north London side agreed to meet the £25m asking price outright.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, McGinn said that his compatriot has got everything and he will prove a success after making the switch to the Premier League from his boyhood club, he told: “He’s got everything. Once he gets back fit, he will run through a brick wall for Arsenal. Not only that, he can gallop up and down the pitch and get assists, he’s a very good crosser of the ball. He’s also a really humble guy who will improve all the time.”

Tierney is currently out of action for around four weeks as he has just started training following the double hernia operation during the summer. As such, he is not expected to make his Gunners bow until September at the least and it remains to be seen whether manager Unai Emery decides to play him from the starting lineup from the off.

At present, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac remain the left-back duties at hand. Monreal has been a brilliant servant over the years, but he has become less of an attacking force with the increasing age. On the other hand, Kolasinac has contributed towards the attacking play for the Gunners, but he does have deficiencies when it comes to the defensive part of the game.

As a result, Tierney seems the perfect fit with the effectiveness on both ends of the field, but it remains to be seen whether he can turn the potential into strong performances in the Premier League. Arsenal, who won their opening game at Newcastle, are scheduled to face Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.