Arsenal star Kieran Tierney signs new contract in boost for Mikel Arteta

Kieran Tierney has confirmed he has signed a new contract and committed his long-term future to Arsenal.

The Scotland international has been one of the shining lights since Mikel Arteta’s appointment 18 months ago, impressing with his attitude and commitment as much as his performance on the pitch.

The former Celtic star is expected to form a key part of Arsenal’s new-look leadership group with David Luiz having already departed and Granit Xhaka likely to follow suit and join Jose Mourinho at Roma.

‘This is great news for us today,’ said Mikel Arteta. ‘As manager of the club, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff and the entire staff, it’s a pleasure to work with KT.

‘His quality, energy, commitment and professionalism, not only on matchdays, but every day in training are always at such a high level.

‘KT gives us so much extra strength both defensively and offensively and it’s great to know that he’ll be with us for the long term.

‘Since his move from Celtic, his work ethic and quality has ensured that he is already one of most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the pitch.

‘I know all the fans will join me, the players and staff in looking forward to seeing KT playing in an Arsenal shirt for a few more years!’

Technical director Edu, added: ‘We are so pleased to have agreed a new long-term deal with Kieran. Anyone who has seen him play will recognise very quickly that he is a player of huge ability, but I can tell you that he is also a player with a fantastic attitude and mentality.

‘Kieran’s new contract is not just about the present and next season, it’s with a long-term vision and Kieran being an integral part of the future of the club.’

Arsenal, meanwhile, remain on the lookout for a reliable back-up option for Tierney with Ryan Bertrand, Tyrick Mitchell and Hibernian youngster Josh Doig all on the north London club’s radar.

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