Kieran Tierney may very well be out for remainder of season with Mikel Arteta “not optimistic” on probabilities

Mikel Arteta admits he’s “not optimistic” about Kieran Tierney returning earlier than the season ends.

The Arsenal left-back missed the 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace with Nuno Tavares deputising earlier than he was hauled off on the break following a poor exhibiting. The Gunners are chasing the ultimate Champions League spot and have been hopeful of getting the Scot again of their ranks for the run-in.

However Arteta has appeared to pour chilly water on any hopes of getting Tierney out there once more earlier than the marketing campaign involves a detailed. The 25-year-old is struggling with a knee situation having returned from worldwide responsibility. He performed 90 minutes in each video games for his nation earlier than heading again to north London.

In his absence the Gunners have been unable to return to fourth after being leapfrogged by Tottenham on Sunday. Antonio Conte’s aspect smashed Newcastle however Arsenal couldn’t reply within the desired style as they have been effectively crushed by the Eagles within the capital. Arteta was lower than impressed with their exhibiting that now leaves the Champions League race within the steadiness.

He stated on Sky Sports activities: “Congratulations to Palace for the sport they performed however we made it unimaginable for ourselves with the best way we competed. It’s a must to be bodily and run and you then earn the appropriate to play. We have been actually inconsistent on the ball and that’s unacceptable.

“We have been poor, particularly within the first half. I apologise to our supporters. We did not have the presence as we speak or the composure to dominate the scenario so that’s what I am most aggravated with. Some days you aren’t there and you’re late on a regular basis. They acquired on prime of it and had a great environment and we couldn’t get out.

The Scot has been an enormous determine for the Gunners this time period
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“After we had the massive probabilities we did not rating to present ourselves the very best likelihood to get again within the sport. Initially we have to put our fingers up and get the criticism we deserve. Then we settle for it, look ourselves within the mirror and look to the subsequent sport. This was not ok.

Arteta additionally confirmed that Thomas Partey’s harm is “a giant concern” after he got here off which compounds an already forgettable night time for these on the crimson half of north London. The Gunners now face video games in opposition to Southampton and Brighton as they try to reclaim fourth spot.

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