first_imgMikel Arteta sets challenge to Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney over Arsenal left-back spot Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Mar 2020 5:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Saka has made the left-back spot his own (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has pitted Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney against each other for the mantle of the club’s first choice left-back. Teenager Saka has nailed down the position in the absence of Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, who have both spent extended periods on the sidelines. Scotland international Tierney has only just returned to first-team training, after being ruled out with a shoulder injury in December. And Arteta is expecting the pair to battle it out for their place between now and the end of the season, saying: ‘They [Saka and Tierney] have to compete, they have to challenge each other and improve.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Whoever is best will be in the position, which is a really good thing for the team.’ Advertisement Advertisement Tierney is back in training after months out from dislocating his shoulder (Picture: Getty Images)Saka’s standout performances have drawn interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, who are both monitoring his contract situation closely. The England youth international’s current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires in less than 18 months, with negotiations over an extension still ongoing.The natural winger has provided 10 assists in his debut season, and will be difficult to dislodge from the starting XI.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhen asked about Tierney’s fitness before Saturday’s game against West Ham, Arteta added: ‘He’s done two or three complete sessions now.‘He’s feeling more and more confident with contact around him and hopefully he will join in the [matchday] squad soon.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Charlie Nicholas names the five most exciting youngsters at ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta orders transfer clear-out of Arsenal stars to facilitate new signings Commentlast_img

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