Arsenal now likely to have key 23-year-old available for Manchester City after u-turn

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal reacts during the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal reacts during the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal are now looking likely to announce Kieran Tierney can take part in the match against Manchester City this weekend, according to a report.

Arsenal's Spanish first-team manager Mikel Arteta (R) talks with Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney (L) on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (R) talks with defender Kieran Tierney (L) on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

Derek McGregor reports that Arsenal look ‘poised to announce’ they’ll have Kieran Tierney available for the match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Normally, we wouldn’t pay much attention to a reporter from The Scottish S*n, but Tierney is the one case where they have a decent history of reporting. Back when the defender joined Arsenal, the outlet were the ones to break the news of each bid.

Nick Ames adds that there’s ‘considerable optimism’ Tierney will be cleared to play. But there’s no confirmation yet.

The Gunners are trying to cut short Tierney’s 14-day isolation based on a number of factors.

Firstly, they have picture evidence he wasn’t sitting within two metres of the infected Stuart Armstrong. Secondly, he tested negative for the virus. Thirdly, he tested positive for the antibodies. Plus, he reportedly already had it over the summer.

As recently as yesterday, it was looking increasingly negative they’d succeed in getting the 23-year-old out. But it now appears there might be a last-minute u-turn making him available for action.

We obviously need an answer in the next few hours, as Arsenal will need to submit their matchday squad today. It’s not ideal preparation for the game, as he missed team training for the last week or so. But Mikel Arteta still needs him available.