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Arsenal complete signing of Scotland’s Young Player of the Year record holder Tierney

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:51, 8 August 2019

Arsenal have completed the signing of Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

Tierney has move for a reported £25m fee, penning a “long-term” contract at the Emirates and becoming Arsenal’s fifth summer signing.

Arsenal sign Tierney: Five key things to know…

  • Arsenal have paid £25m for Tierney after lengthy negotiations with Celtic.
  • Tierney has signed a “long-term” contract at the Emirates and will wear the No. 3 shirt.
  • He is the club’s fifth summer signing after Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos.
  • Tierney made 170 appearances for Celtic, winning four league titles.
  • The 22-year-old has been named Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year more times than any other player in the award’s 42-year history.

The deal comes after lengthy negotiations between Arsenal and Celtic. It is believed the Gunners initially lodged an offer made up of too many instalments for Celtic’s liking.

But the Scottish champions appear to have convinced Arsenal to pay the £25m fee up front, allowing Tierney to make his move for the deadline.

The 22-year-old is now the most expensive Scottish player in history and will immediately strengthen the Gunners at left-back as they look to return to the top four.

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Arsenal announced the deal via Twitter just 10 minutes before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

“We’re delighted Kieran is joining us,” Unai Emery told the club’s official website.

“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.”