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Arsenal legend hints Gunners man’s time is up after ‘frustrating’ spell, as Newcastle could snare ‘brilliant player’

Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah and Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour feels Kieran Tierney has had a “frustrating” time at the club, and feels if he was to sign for Newcastle, he’d be a “great signing”.

The Gunners’ season last time out was a very good one. After finishing fifth the season prior, and eighth both the seasons before that, they led the title charge for much of the season.

While they eventually missed out to Manchester City, it was a season that included a lot of pluses.

For some players, though, things did not go so well. One of those was Tierney, who was displaced at left-back by summer signing Oleksandr Zinchenko.

While Tierney made 27 league appearances, that only six of those came from the start was a sign he is not viewed the way he once was at the Emirates.

Amid his tough time of it at Arsenal, though, he’s got suitors elsewhere.

Newcastle looks the most likely destination for him at the moment. They’ve been interested in him for months, and the Gunners are reportedly soon to make a decision on whether or not they’ll sell him.

That was after reports surfaced that the Scotsman had not yet heard from the club regarding his future.

Parlour hints Tierney is done at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Parlour feels Zinchenko is much more suited to the style Mikel Arteta wants to play than Tierney is.

“The way that Mikel Arteta sets up his team, with Zinchenko moving into the midfield, he seems a better fit for the manager,” he told JBI Training.

“You can’t ask Tierney to perform that Zinchenko role – he is an out-and-out left-sided player that loves to get forward and hug the touchline. Sometimes certain players don’t click in certain teams.”

As such, Parlour has hinted Tierney may not be happy with his role, and suggested a move to Newcastle could be good for him.

“If Tierney were to join Newcastle, I think he would be a great signing for them. Arsenal will need to balance the books this summer,” he said.

“If a player isn’t happy with his situation at the club or feels he should be starting more games, then sometimes you need to move them on.”

That move would follow a period of Tierney’s career that Parlour does not feel has been the best for him, but he thinks he’s a player that could certainly impact another side.

“I think if you wanted to use a word to sum up Kieran’s time at the club it would be frustrating. He’s suffered some nasty injuries that have stopped him from holding down a starting place in the team,” Parlour added.

“He is a top player and a top guy. Whichever club he joins if he does leave will be getting a brilliant player.”

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