Kieran Tierney admits he was “caught” in the Manchester City defeat after a first start in over a month … believing Arsenal were unlucky not to score against Pep Guardiola’s side
- Kieran Tierney started in Manchester City for the first time in over a month
- The Scottish left-back said he wasn’t sure he could make it through the entire game
- Raheem Sterling’s early goal earned Arsenal their 11th league loss of the season
- But Tierney felt that the Gunners had spells in the match from which to draw positive results
Kieran Tierney admitted he found his return to action physically difficult in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Scottish left-back had been injured for over a month, his last start against Newcastle on January 18.
And Tierney, who struggled with Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne at an early age before improving as the game progressed, spoke after the match about the challenge of getting his fitness back up to par.
Kieran Tierney admitted he had failed against Manchester City on his return
The 1-0 defeat on Sunday was the first start since January 18 against Newcastle
“I was just crazy,” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“ Yes, it was a tough game and I wasn’t sure I was going to get the full game, but I did. It’s 90 minutes and I’m happy that the manager gave me the chance again. ‘
Arsenal have conceded each of their last five games against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium in the first 15 minutes and in the first three minutes of their last three games against Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling opened the standings this time with less than two minutes ahead, and Tierney expected his team to start.
“Against a team like City you can’t afford to make the start we did in the first five or ten minutes or they’ll punish you,” he said.
Raheem Sterling’s goal within two minutes was enough to beat Arsenal in the 11th division
“It’s hard because no one intended not to start well. It’s hard to say what it was, but it was just something that can happen against a top team and they punished us for it today.
“You try to think positively because you know you’re up against a team like City. So if you go one to zero, it’s not the end of the world because they are playing brilliantly right now.
“We always believed we could be back and we had chances and some parts of the game where we did really well and we were unlucky not to score today.”
After the defeat, Arsenal are in tenth place in the table and 11 points behind West Ham in fourth place.
Tierney returned from the bench in the Europa League 1-1 draw with Benfica last week, and Mikel Arteta is hoping his left back can recover well enough over the next few days to kick off the crucial game on Thursday’s second leg.
Mikel Arteta hopes Tierney is fit enough to start against Benfica in the Europa League