Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session

first_imgAubameyang’s double saw Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 14th time (Picture: Getty)On his connection with Aubameyang at Wembley, Tierney joked: ‘Long balls, eh?!’Asked whether it was a pre-planned tactic against Chelsea, he replied: ‘100 per cent. We know that it depends if teams are pressing high, his pace… he’s the quickest player I’ve ever seen in my life.‘[Kylian] Mbappe was always the quickest I said but he’s just as quick. He’s frightening.‘If the ball’s in behind, he’s running onto it. You see the one against Man City where I played it to him and he scored, his touch just to go in and take it on his right and he still gets the chance to look up and square it and then just puts it through the goalkeeper’s legs.‘That’s unbelievable. It’s incredible.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMikel Arteta’s men return to training this weekend, with the 2020/21 campaign due to get underway on September 12.The fixtures for the new Premier League season were announced on Thursday morning and Arsenal discovered that they will start away to newly promoted Fulham.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lyon chief provides transfer update on Arsenal and Manchester United targets Moussa Dembele and Houssem AouarMORE: Arsene Wenger reveals major regret over Serge Gnabry’s Arsenal career Comment Advertisement Martinelli stunned Tierney with his ability on the training ground (Picture: Getty)Tierney’s work ethic and lung-busting performances have quickly made him a fan favourite at the Emirates but he admits to being tested in his first few training sessions south of the border and was shocked by the standard of some of his new team-mates, notably young forward Martinelli.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me, going into the first couple of training sessions, it was the tempo,’ the full-back explained in a lengthy chat with the Open Goal podcast. ‘Honestly, the first session, I was against Martinelli. Young boy, I knew he was good. ‘I was like “Woah, this is the standard man. He is unbelievable!”‘The effort and attitude was unreal (from Martinelli). Probably the biggest thing is the technique. I’ve not been gifted with that. All the young boys are unbelievable. Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, their technique is incredible man.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has blown Kieran Tierney away at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney has reserved special praise for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli while looking back on an impressive debut season in the Premier League with Arsenal. The 23-year-old was still recovering from a double hernia operation when he arrived in north London from Celtic last August and a dislocated shoulder further hampered his first few months with the Gunners. However, Tierney came into his own and nailed down the left-back spot as English football returned in March and the Scot was named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for June before starring in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea. The Scotland international shone in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)It was Tierney’s searching ball down the left flank to Aubameyang that led to Arsenal’s crucial equaliser in last month’s FA Cup final. Cesar Azpilicueta was treading water as Aubameyang ran onto Tierney’s perfectly weighted pass and brought down Arsenal’s captain inside the penalty area.The Gabon striker made no mistake from the spot to level up the score before dinking home an exquisite winner in the second half. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Aug 2020 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link243Shares Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session Advertisementlast_img

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