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Arsenal complete move for Celtic´s Kieran Tierney

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 8 Aug 2019

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

The left-back has agreed a long-term deal with the Gunners, bringing to an end their summer-long pursuit of the 22-year-old.

Arsenal saw two previous bids for the Scotland international rejected, however they finally got their man ahead of Thursday’s 1700 BST deadline for Premier League clubs.

The reported fee of £25million is the highest received by a Scottish club for a player, eclipsing the £19.7m Lyon paid the Hoops for Moussa Dembele a year ago.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said: “We’re delighted Kieran is joining us. He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve.

“He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”   

Tierney last featured for Celtic on May 4 and had double hernia surgery during the close season, however he came through a medical after the two clubs finally agreed on a fee.

He admitted it was a wrench to leave the Scottish champions, telling Arsenal’s official website: “Yeah, it was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make.

“I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well.

“I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here.

“I just feel it was the right time to take a step on. I feel this is a great opportunity for me.”

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