Unai Emery has suggested, in comments reported by Football London, that Kieran Tierney will play for Arsenal against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.
It has been a frustrating spell for the left-back following his summer switch to the Emirates. He had been injured since his arrival, and only made his debut for the first-team in their Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest last month.
His performance in that game whetted the appetite for the fans. But there was some disappointment as he was missing from the squad that faced Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.
And with the former Celtic man not included in the latest Scotland squad, the Arsenal supporters would have been forgiven for fearing that he had suffered a significant setback.
However, Emery will have alleviated many of those concerns after being asked whether the summer signing could play for the Gunners against the Belgian side.
“He needs time, confidence, training and playing. Tomorrow is a good opportunity, he is ready to play,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“He will take minutes and confidence. He will be able with us to show his progress.”
It would be a huge boost for Arsenal is ready to play week-in, week-out after the international break. He showed glimpses of his talent and potential against Forest, and the fans are extremely excited.
He will not solve all of the Gunners’ defensive issues. But he does look to have the potential to improve that backline when he does become settled.
And with the likes of Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding also making their way back, the Arsenal fans would be forgiven for feeling a little more optimistic about what their defence will look like in the coming months.