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Kieran Tierney: Arsenal sign Celtic defender on Deadline Day

Left-back Tierney completes £25m move to Arsenal

Kieran Tierney
Image: Kieran Tierney has joined Arsenal from Celtic for £25m

Kieran Tierney has signed for Arsenal from Celtic on Deadline Day for a fee of £25m.

Arsenal agreed a fee with Celtic for the Scotland international left-back on Wednesday and have paid a record fee for a Scottish player.

Their initial £15m bid was rejected in June, as was a second £25m offer as it contained too many add-ons and was dependent on Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League, but their third was finally accepted.

The 22-year-old has been one of the Gunners' top transfer targets all summer and will wear the No 3 shirt at the Emirates.

Tierney told the club's official website: "It feels great. I'm delighted to be here. Obviously I'm injured now, but I'm just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.

Kieran Tierney
Image: Tierney will wear the No 3 shirt for Arsenal

"When I was younger, [my ambition] was always Celtic. The ambition was Celtic and that was my dream when I was younger.

"I've done that, I've made my dream, I've lived my dream and I've loved every single minute of it. Now I just feel was the right time to take a step on. I feel this is a great opportunity for me."

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Tierney won five Scottish Premiership titles and made 40 appearances in all competitions for Celtic during the 2018/19 campaign.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery added: "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 becomes Emery's fifth signing of the summer window - joining Nicolas Pepe (Lyon), William Saliba (Saint-Etienne), Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano) and Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid, loan).

Comment: Tierney signing 'a statement of intent'

Sky Sports' Charlie Nicholas:

"As a Celtic and Arsenal fan, I'm happy Arsenal have identified they need a stronger left back. Tierney has improved a lot, he'd be better than what Arsenal currently have. I think it's a high price, he's been a treble-treble winner and it's been an awkward situation for him, but I think the time is right for him to move on.

"Celtic fans might ask why he doesn't stay for nine in a row. That's not guaranteed, neither is 10. Going to a big club like Arsenal, in the Premier League, you can't guarantee trophies, but they are signing a very good left back who can get better. And I think they needed to make a statement of intent defensively because they look very exciting going forward."

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