Kieran Tierney is well-known for his no-nonsense approach when it comes to games, matches and opponents.
But the Scotland international didn’t take too kindly to being called out by David Luiz in training on Wednesday after trying to get away with a fast one.
The Arsenal duo, along with a number of teammates, were taking part in a one-touch rondo at the club’s London Colney base.
Tierney was on the outside of the circle aiming to keep possession from two defenders, and under-pressure improvised brilliantly to flick the ball through the space and keep possession.
Unfortunately for the Scot, he used two touches to do so, with the first lifting the ball and the second swiftly poking it past his opponent with the outside of the boot.
Bellerin initially pointed this out, although he seemed to be willing to carry on with the rondo, such had been the impressive nature of Tierney’s devilment.
Veteran defender Luiz, however, would not stand for a breach of the rules – who knew he was such a stickler? – and the Brazilian quickly came over to demand Tierney took a place in the middle as one of the defenders.
This clearly did not sit well with Tierney, who initially argued his case, before running away from his group to vent his fury by smashing another football.
The footage shows Tierney was ushered back into the rondo to take up his role as one of the defenders.
But the 23-year-old was not done there, promptly booting away the ball being used for the drill also.
Tierney was clearly frustrated at the injustice of going in the middle as punishment for his two-touch flick.
He is known to take training sessions extremely seriously and was even asked to tone down his tackles on his teammates, according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown.
“Right from the beginning I could see there was a determination about him,” Keown told BT Sport in January.
“He’s just the right type that you need – his personality, character. He’s a driving force and he’s a throwback.
“In training, they have to tell him to calm down because he’s tackling ferociously. I really like that attitude that he brings.”
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Mikel Arteta has also been hugely impressed by Tierney’s attitude and backed him to wear the armband for Arsenal in the future.
“I think he can be Arsenal captain as he has the respect and admiration of every member of the staff and every player,” said the Gunners boss.
“It is just the way he is. He does it in a natural way.
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“He is a really shy boy as well but he represents all of us in the club; all of the values that we want to instil and are in the DNA in this club.”
Tierney joined Arsenal in a £25million transfer from Celtic in the summer of 2019 and has already racked up 48 appearances for the north London club.
He returned from a knee injury in time for the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday and is expected to face Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night.
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