Mikel Arteta has made a £5.9million offer for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo after Arsenal ace Kieran lasted just 30 minutes on his return from injury.
The Scotland international, 25, was named in the starting line-up for the Gunners' pre-season fixture against Nurnberg but was forced from the field after only half an hour. Tierney missed the final three months of the 2021/22 campaign after sustaining a knee injury that required surgery in Arsenal's dismal 3-0 showing at Crystal Palace.
However, boss Arteta confirmed afterwards that the substitution had been planned before the match to ease him back to match fitness.
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‘"He’s really good," the Spaniard said in regards to Tierney following a 5-3 thriller at the Max-Morlock-Stadion. "He’s been training really good. Obviously, he’s been out for over three months now so we wanted to give him a proper warm-up, play the first half an hour and then get him out. So he was in good condition and there’s no issues there."
Arteta may not have any concerns about Tierney's fitness, but the Arsenal manager is in the market for a left-back in the summer window. The former Celtic defender has been plagued by various injuries throughout his career, missing 48 Arsenal matches to date, and Arteta is of the opinion that a reliable alternative is imperative to domestic and European success this season.
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After missing out on Aaron Hickney, who recently joined Brentford on a four-year deal, Arteta is prioritising flying Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo. The Spanish youth international has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and would be available at a cut-price fee.
The Primera Liga outfit are resigned to losing Grimaldo in the summer window. They would rather see him sold on the cheap before Transfer Deadline Day than see him run down the remainder of his contract and leave for nothing.
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