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Arsenal star ‘expected to leave’ after being left out of starting XI for Nottingham Forest clash

The Gunners could lose a first team player before the end of the transfer window

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is ‘expected to leave’ the club this summer after being left out of the matchday squad for the Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest.

The Scot has been strongly linked with a move away since last season, where he lost his place in the starting XI to new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko. In pre-season, he also lost his spot to centre-backs Jakub Kiwior and Jurrien Timber, who were both deployed at left-back, while Timber kept his place for the opening game of the season.

Coming on as a substitute in the Community Shield final, Tierney was at part fault for the Manchester City opening goal, losing his balance as Cole Palmer fired home from 20 yards.

He has been linked with a move to Manchester City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa as well as a move to Spanish outfit Real Sociedad, though no offers have yet been put forward for the Scot.

However, as per Fabrizio Romano he is ‘still expected to leave Arsenal’ before the end of the transfer window, and it could be Spain that ends up being his final destination.

According to Matteo Moretto, the move to Real Sociedad is ‘a live option on the table and is advancing’, though the structure of the deal at present is problematic. As it stands, Sociedad would like to take the Scot on loan, while Arsenal are keen to see Tierney leave on a permanent basis rather than sanctioning a loan deal.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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