Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Kieran Tierney is close to making his Premier League debut for the Gunners after being left out of the side’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
Summer signing David Luiz headed home for the Gunners early on to secure all three points and ensure that his team ended the day third in the Premier League.
Tierney signed for Arsenal from Celtic on deadline day but was ruled out of the start of the season after having a hernia operation.
He recently featured in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest and Europa League win over Standard Liege, however, putting in two promising performances, and Emery says both he and two other defenders are almost ready to play in the Premier League.
Speaking after the win against Bournemouth Emery said: “Kieran and Rob (Holding) are closer to playing.
“I think Rob Holding can play 90 minutes with a good performance. Now we are also working with David Luiz and Sokratis, but really, I am very happy. He is going to have a chance to play a lot of matches.
“Kieran Tierney is closer to us, he played on Thursday and today he was on the bench if we needed him. Hector Bellerin needs a little more time, more matches and more training.”
“This international break is going to be important for him. I think he will be closer to starting for us in the next matches in the Premier League.”
The return of three defenders will be a huge boost to the Gunners as they look to solidify their place in the top four after an impressive run of form.
They are now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and should come back after the international break full of confidence when they travel to Sheffield United on October 21.