Martin Keown was “impressed” by Kieran Tierney’s reaction after seeing Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka “fraternising with the enemy” in their 0-0 against Leeds United.
Leeds couldn't win the match against 10-manArsenal
, who had Nicolas Pepe dismissed but kept a goalless Premier League draw.
Pepe was removed in the 51st minute after a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski and after the match Tierney attempted to have a word with the Leeds winger, before Xhaka pushed him away.
Keown considers the Scotland international is exactly “the type of personalityArsenal
need in their team”.
“This is a team that are rebuilding under Arteta. I was impressed with some of the fighting spirit on show,” Keown said.
“The way Kieran Tierney was trying to have a word with Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski at full-time — the player he saw as the protagonist in Pepe’s sending off — showed impressive fighting spirit."
“Tierney typified that spirit in the game itself, too. He’s not just at the back trying to keep a clean sheet. He bombs forward and puts in those extra yards for his team. Tierney might have felt incensed to see Granit Xhaka with his arm around Alioski at the end of the game after what had happened."
“I would have certainly felt like that if I’d seen one of my team-mates practically fraternising with the enemy. Xhaka then pushed Tierney away from the situation when he tried to confront Alioski."
“But the dust will settle from that incident. Tierney is just the type of personalityArsenal
need in their team.”