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Tierney reflects on ‘uncomfortable’ debut Arsenal season

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Kieran Tierney admits his first season at Arsenal was full of challenges, exactly as he predicted it to be when he joined the club

Kieran Tierney could not help himself but break allegiance with his boyhood club Celtic when Arsenal came calling last summer.

Fitness issues continued to be a thorn in Tierney’s progress as he dislocated his shoulder before Christmas.

With the return of the season following the unwelcome three-month break, the 23-year-old left-back’s form and fitness returned and he became a regular starter under Mikel Arteta.

His roller coaster of a season ended in a positive note as he scored his first goal helping his side to a 3-2 win against Watford.

“It’s been the toughest year of my life. I’ve had the injury and a lot of new challenges but you need challenges, you need to be uncomfortable,” Tierney said, speaking to the club’s official website.

“You need to challenge yourself to improve. I worked hard every day and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming to this massive club full of great players. I knew it was going to be tough coming in and trying to get my place in the team.

“I’m just grateful for every opportunity I get to go on the pitch and give my all.”