Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna predicts Kieran Tierney to seek exit from the club due to lack of game time
Mikel Arteta received a double improvement in the team’s physical condition, and it appears that the Arsenal team already has a player who can match the abilities of Bukayo Saka.
Amario Cozier-Duberry could be the next rising star for Arsenal and potentially fill the void that would be left if Bukayo Saka were to be absent. Saka, who is considered the best young player to emerge from Arsenal’s Hale End Academy in recent years, has been a key player for the team since his debut in 2018, and he is a vital member of the squad as they compete for the title. With almost 200 appearances for the club at just 21 years old, Saka has been impressive this season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists. He has also become a regular member of the England national team under Gareth Southgate. However, Saka is the only player in Mikel Arteta’s team who can play at such a high level in the right-wing position, and therefore, Arsenal might be looking for backup options for him in the summer transfer window.
Leandro Trossard and Oleksandr Zinchenko are expected to be fit for Arsenal’s match against Crystal Palace, providing the team with a boost in terms of fitness. A victory against Palace could extend Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points. However, Palace will be without former Arsenal player and manager, Patrick Vieira, who was dismissed as their manager after a 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. The team is currently just three points above the relegation zone. Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, has some concerns about the team’s fitness after their Europa League exit to Sporting CP on Thursday. Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba both sustained injuries in the first half of the match, with the former requiring crutches to leave the ground, and the latter’s condition being evaluated.
According to former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, Kieran Tierney is likely to ask for a transfer this summer due to his lack of game time. Despite being a regular player since joining Arsenal from Celtic in 2019, Tierney has had a reduced role this season following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. Zinchenko has been preferred as the first-choice left-back and has established himself as a crucial player in Mikel Arteta’s squad due to his ability to play in central positions. Newcastle United, who are vying for a Champions League spot, are among the clubs interested in Tierney’s services. Sagna doesn’t think Tierney will be able to displace Zinchenko as the first-choice left-back for Arsenal and hence he is likely to request a move away from the club.