Mikel Arteta has hailed Kieran Tierney and believes he is “going to bring something special” to Arsenal when he gets back on the pitch.
Tierney was a £25million signing from Celtic by former boss Unai Emery last summer, but his time at The Emirates has been plagued by injury problems.
The Scotland full-back has made just four starts for the club and has yet to feature for the club under new head coach Arteta after struggling with a dislocated shoulder he sustained in December.
The 22-year-old was closing in on a return to action before the Premier League was brought to a halt in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Arteta says he has challenged Tierney to hit the ground running when he does finally return.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play,” the Arsenal head coach told Ian Wright in an interview for Adidas.
“His attitude, his commitment, his will; it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us. It’s a shame (Tierney’s injury), but it’s part of his development.
“In your career, you go through these moments and I challenged Kieran to say, ‘Kieran, how are you going to react to that?’
“You cannot feel sorry for yourself that this happened. Okay, the level of expectation now is a bit higher, you have to deal with it.
“You are playing with a top club, top expectation… deal with it.
“You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player, go and lead your profession and enjoy it and that’s it.”