Kieran Tierney has played down speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal by revealing he is “learning every single day” under Mikel Arteta.
The left-back moved to Arsenal last summer from Celtic as part of a deal worth £25million, but injuries have hampered his start to life in north London.
Tierney has since been linked with a move to Leicester City, who are coached by his old Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, and are in the market for a left-back in case Ben Chilwell is sold to Chelsea this summer.
Reports have claimed Tierney could be keen to link up with Rodgers again, particularly as they are on course to be playing Champions League football next season, but the defender has now revealed how much he is enjoying life under Arteta at Arsenal.
“It’s been so good, the understanding he has of the game and how he wants to play has been amazing,” Tierney told Premier League Productions.
“I feel as if I’m learning every single day. I’m adapting to his game plan and buying into it so much.
“It’s so enjoyable to train and play. Hopefully we can improve results now, it’s not going to happen overnight but we’re working towards something big.
“He (Arteta) is very demanding and training is intense. You know when you go in it’s going to be an intense session and you’re going to cover a lot of tactical work.”
Arsenal are looking to get their season back on track at Southampton on Thursday night and Tierney is convinced they can turn the tide.
The Gunners have made a slow start to the Premier League’s restart, losing both their opening games to Manchester City and Brighton.
It has left Arsenal lying 11th in the table ahead of their trip to the south coast and they’re on course to finish outside of the top six for the first in 25 years.
But Tierney says the squad can respond on Thursday at Southampton and show they’re able to deal with the setbacks they’ve faced so far.
“We’ve obviously not had the start that we wanted or that we’ve worked for, but that happens in football,” he said.
“It doesn’t always go your way. It’s how you deal with the setbacks and for us it’s about working hard in training as we’ve been doing. We’re working at 100 per cent and we’re confident we can get the result.”
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