Tierney’s signature is said to be being pursued by Arsenal as well as Napoli – and former goalkeeper David Seaman was full of praise for the 22-year-old who could be a Premier League player within the coming weeks.
He said: “It’s no secret that Arsenal need to strengthen their defence, certainly after missing out on Champions League qualification. I think Tierney would be an ideal addition for Arsenal.
“He’s a leader and he’s tenacious. It’s always good to have leaders in the defence and Tierney would certainly be that.”
Perhaps there is no surprise at the ex-goalkeeper happy to prioritise the defence, but in this case, that is probably justified. With a move for Tierney certainly looking more financially feasible (judging by the club’s opening bid, anyway), there is surely more common sense in focusing on more probable scenarios – particularly if the main stumbling block for transfers this year turns out to be money-related.
Tierney’s future success in an Arsenal shirt will have to be seen before it is believed, but getting that kind of praise from a man who knows what a solid Gunners defence actually looks like suggests Unai Emery could be onto a winner if he can seal a deal for the Scotsman.