Arsenal new boy Kieran Tierney broke a training record held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his medical.
The 22-year-old Scottish left-back finally completed a protracted £25m move from boyhood club Celtic to the Gunners on deadline day.
However, due to his ongoing recovery from a double hernia operation, it will be awhile before he debuts under Unai Emery.
But despite this Tierney passed his check-up, prior to penning a five-year contract, with flying colours. Firstly, in the vertical-leap-test, he produced 50cms off the ground vertical jump with his hands-on-hips.
Here’s Kieran Tierney breaking Arsenal’s vertical leap test with 55cm’s.
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When told this was only 4cm away from Aubameyang’s best the Scottish defender smiled and said: “I will try and beat that”.
On his second attempt he pulled off a 55cm standing jump, smashing the Gabonese marksman record by a solitary cm.
As impressive as this was, his on-field contribution has Emery excited.
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“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,” he said.
A big season awaits Tierney. Five key things to know…
- Tierney ended a 14-year association with boyhood club celtic when he joined Arsenal on deadline day.
- The left-back made 170 official appearances for the Scottish giants winning four league titles.
- He was one of three defensive acquisitions made by the Gunners alongside William Saliba and David Luiz.
- During his medical he smashed Aubameyang’s club standing jump record.
- Tierney is currently recovering from a double hernia operation.