Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has issued a challenge to Kieran Tierney.
And last summer’s £25m signing from Celtic has responded on social media.
The Scotland international is yet to feature under the Spanish tactician as he dislocated his shoulder during the 3-1 win over West Ham United shortly before Christmas which kept him out of action for a few months.
Upon returning to training, Tierney looked ready to stake his claim for the left-back spot which wonderkid Bukayo Saka has pretty much made his own under Arteta.
However, the Premier League suspension has delayed the defender’s return to first-team action.
But Arteta is pleased with what he’s seen from Tierney in training and has challenged him to not allow the injury setbacks to get the better of him.
Speaking to Gunners legend Ian Wright, as part of the adidas #hometeam campaign, Arteta said: “I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play.
“His attitude, his commitment, his willingness, it’s incredible.
“I think he’s going to bring something special to us. It [the injury] has been a shame, but it’s part of his development. During your career, you go through these moments.
“I challenged him to say, Kieran, how are you going to react to that? You can’t feel sorry for yourself, this happened.
“Okay, the level of pressure now is a little bit higher, you have to deal with it, you’re playing with a top club, top expectations, deal with it. You have everything to be successful here.
“You have the best possible attitude that I’ve known from a player, go and live your profession and enjoy it.”
As seen in the image above, Tierney responded to Arteta’s challenge by uploading the entire interview to his Instagram stories.
There was no caption, but it would appear that Tierney has taken what the Gunners head coach has said on board and knows what he must do to live up to his potential.
In his few appearances this season there has been enough evidence to suggest that Tierney be Arsenal’s first-choice left-back for many years to come and he will hope that his injury problems are now behind him.