Scottish international left-back Kieran Tierney could still find himself packing his famed Tesco bag and heading out of London Colney this summer as Arsenal have solidified their position surrounding his future in North London.
Once trusted at the Emirates during the Unai Emery area and initially under Arteta, the back-to-back arrivals of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jurriën Timber have seemingly spelled only one realistic pathway for the former Glasgow Celtic standout.
Per The Athletic, the Gunners maintain a preference to seek an outright sale of Tierney this summer, or at the very least, source a loan solution that will ultimately include an obligation to buy if they are to let the Scottish defender leave.
This comes in the wake of reports that surfaced yesterday linking La Liga outfit Real Sociedad with interest in the 26-year-old Isle of Man native.
It does, however, stand to note that if Sociedad is to find a deal that works with Arsenal’s transfer parameters, it would ultimately make Tierney their club record purchase, and quite comfortably by at least €10m-€15m.
Unfortunately for Tierney, however, even when Tierney is fit - and that often comes with quite a few question marks in of itself - he is not preferenced at this juncture in the XI, and we saw as such last season when Arteta had called upon both Takehiro Tomiyasu as well as Jakub Kiwior at left-back when the aforementioned Zinchenko was not fit.
That appears to have been doubled down on already during Arsenal’s Community Shield win, when new signing Jurriën Timber, a recognized versatile defender who has featured at center-back and right-back for both Ajax and the Netherlands, was slotted in at left-back while arguably putting in a man of the match performance against Manchester City.
As things stand, it certainly does appear that Tierney’s time in North London is steaming toward its conclusion.