Unai Emery quotes suggest Kieran Tierney could make Premier League debut on Monday

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney looks likely to make his Premier League debut against Sheffield United on Monday, according to quotes from Unai Emery.

TELFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal in the changing room after the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at New Bucks Head Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Telford, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
TELFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal in the changing room after the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at New Bucks Head Stadium on September 20, 2019, in Telford, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

After an extended period of absence with injury after signing for Arsenal, Tierney made his first start for the club’s senior side against Nottingham Forest on September 24th.

The left-back then played 90 minutes against Standard Liege a week later, before making the bench in the Premier League against Bournemouth that weekend. He then took the international break off, with Scotland deciding not to call him up to aid his recovery.

Tierney didn’t manage to get onto the pitch against Bournemouth, but a league debut on Monday is starting to look very likely. Unai Emery stated in his press conference that Tierney is “ready to play” now.

Additionally, Sead Kolasinac doesn’t return to training until tomorrow. Emery confirmed: “We give them (the players) two days recovery after their games with their national teams. Tomorrow they will begin training with us”.

Since Bosnia and Herzegovina played on Tuesday, with Kolasinac completing the full 90 minutes, he’s part of that group yet to rejoin training.

With the match on Monday and Tierney playing a full part with the group over the break, even featuring in a friendly against Reading, he’s arguably in a better position to start.

It would be exciting for Arsenal fans to get a first look at their new defender, particularly as he may be joined by Hector Bellerin or Rob Holding in defence for their own Premier League comebacks. It’s up to Unai Emery now though.