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New signing Kieran Tierney has already beaten an Aubameyang record at Arsenal

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 14:15, 10 August 2019

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.

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.
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