Kieran Tierney admits he was ‘knackered’ after making first start for over a month in Manchester City defeat… and feels Arsenal were unlucky not to score against Pep Guardiola’s side
- Kieran Tierney made his first start for over a month in Manchester City defeat
- The Scottish left back says he was unsure he would be able to last the full match
- Raheem Sterling’s early goal gave Arsenal their 11th league loss of the season
- But Tierney felt the Gunners had spells in the match they can take positives from
Kieran Tierney admitted he found his return to action in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday physically difficult.
The Scottish left back had been out for over a month with injury, with his last start coming against Newcastle on January 18.
And Tierney, who struggled to cope with Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne early on before improving as the game went on, spoke after the match of the challenge of getting his fitness back up to the necessary level.
Kieran Tierney admitted he was knackered after his return to action against Manchester City
Sunday’s 1-0 defeat was the first start Tierney had made since January 18 against Newcastle
‘I was just knackered,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.
”Yeah, it was a tough game and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the full game, but I did. It’s 90 minutes under my belt and I’m happy for that and happy that the manager gave me the chance again.’
Arsenal have now conceded to Manchester City in the opening 15 minutes of each of their five last matches against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium, and inside the first three minutes in each of the last three games.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring this time with less than two minutes on the clock, and Tierney rued the start his team made.
‘Against a team like City you can’t afford to make the start we made in the first five or ten minutes or they’re going to punish you,’ he said.
Raheem Sterling’s goal inside two minutes was enough to give Arsenal their 11th league defeat
‘It’s hard because nobody was planning to not start well, so it’s hard to say exactly 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 coming up against a team like City, so you know if you go one-nil down it’s not the end of the world because they’re playing brilliantly right now.
‘We always believed that we could get back in it and we had chances and some parts of the game where we were doing really well and we were unlucky not to get a goal today.’
The defeat leaves Arsenal 10th in the table, and 11 points behind West Ham in fourth.
Tierney made his return to action off the bench last week against Benfica in the 1-1 draw in the Europa League last 32 clash, and Mikel Arteta will be hoping his left back can recover well enough in the next few days to start in the crucial second leg match on Thursday.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping Tierney is fit enough to start in the Europa League against Benfica
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